DUBLIN, Ireland - In an operation in Ballymun in Dublin, a member of the Emergency Response Unit was shot in the arm.
The injuries occurred when armed gardai were carrying out an early morning raid on Thursday morning.
Reports initially revealed that the garda was shot from inside a property as officers tried to force an entry to a house in the Barnwell area.
Officers reportedly used an angle grinder to try to gain entry through a reinforced door at the back of a house.
Officers also revealed that a member of the ERU was shot in the arm as they tried to force their way in.
Gardai believe the shots were fired from the house.
According to investigators, further shots were fired when the gardai gained entry into the property and a man inside the property was shot.
The man, believed to be in his late teens, is believed to have been hit in the shoulder.
According to sources, the armed Gardai were shot during the raid, adding that the officer was “extremely lucky he wasn’t hit in the head.”
The source further said, “It is just pure luck that he wasn’t hit in the head or neck. This is what you are dealing with these days, dangerous armed criminals who are happy to fire their weapons on anyone, including Gardai…”
While the injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening, both of them were treated at the scene before being taken to the hospital.
Gardai have confirmed that three people have been arrested in relation to the incident.
Two women and one man have been arrested and have been detained in Clontarf, Swords and Ballymun stations.
Investigators have said that the Garda Ombudsman has been notified of the incident because a gun was discharged by a garda member during the planned operation.
The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said in a statement, “I learned with concern this morning that a member of An Garda Síochána was shot and injured in the course of a Garda operation in North Dublin. I wish him a full and speedy recovery. Incidents like this highlight the danger that can face members of An Garda Síochána in carrying out their duties.”
He added, "The work of uniformed Gardaí and the special units is critical in keeping people safe and tackling serious criminals whose activities can destroy communities. I acknowledge the good work of An Garda Síochána and assure the force of my continued support for its efforts."