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Knifeman shot dead following Clonee standoff named locally as Gardai issue update

The 27-year-old was shot at least three times by armed Gardai outside a house in Manorfields Drive, Clonee.

A man who went on a lunchtime rampage with a knife was shot dead by armed gardai on Wednesday after a stand-off.

Shocked neighbours in Clonee, on the Dublin-Meath border, looked on in horror as the man, named locally as George Nkencho, lunged wildly with the blade at officers shortly after midday.

The 27-year-old was shot at least three times by armed Gardai outside the house in Manorfields Drive and after treatment from paramedics, was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he later died.

Gardai had earlier responded to reports of a man wielding a knife at a nearby Spar supermarket and post office in Hartstown, where a shop worker is believed to have suffered a broken nose.

Unarmed Gardai raced to the scene where the suspect threatened the public and officers before at least 12 gave chase.

30/12/2020 Gardai at the scene of a shooting in the Manorfield area of Clonee, Co. Meath this afternoon…Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
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A local resident said: “He was walking across the green normally and they (Gardai) were just all behind him and anyone that was in his path were told ‘move away’.

“They just followed him calmly all the way down the road.

“He turned the corner, then turned to go into his house and at that time one of the armed response units was down there.

“And by the time I got halfway down the road that’s when I heard the shots.”

Armed Gardai too were threatened with the knife and tried non-lethal force to subdue the man, including a taser and pepper spray – but to no avail.

Gardai repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife before using force.

Sources say up to five shots were fired at the man, hitting him at least three times.

Shocking video captured the moment and appeared to show the man swinging and lunging at gardaí, even after shots were fired.

30/12/2020 Gardai at the scene of a shooting in the Manorfield area of Clonee, Co. Meath this afternoon…Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardai responded to reports of a public order incident involving a male, in his late twenties, armed with a knife at Hartstown Shopping Centre.

“During an incident at the EuroSpar business premises in Hartstown Shopping Centre a male staff member received facial injuries and is currently receiving medical attention in Connolly Memorial Hospital.

Subsequently a second public order incident was reported at a the Post Office in the Hartstown Shopping Centre.

Uniform, unarmed Gardaí responded to the scene and observed a male in possession of a knife. The male continued to threaten members of the public and unarmed Gardaí with the knife.

“Gardai followed the male on foot and in vehicles from the Hartstown Shopping Centre towards Manorsfields Drive, Dublin 15. During this period Gardaí were engaging with the male and encouraging him to drop the weapon.

Members of the Armed Support Unit arrived at a scene in Manorfields Drive, Dublin 15. The Armed Support Unit were also threatened with a knife and implemented a graduated response where the use of less-lethal force options (taser and OC spray) was initially administered in an effort to resolve the incident.

“The less-lethal use of force options were unsuccessful.

At approximately 12.35pm a member of the Armed Support Unit discharged a number of shots from his official firearm shooting the male.

“The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission have been notified of the incident and are currently in attendance at the scene.

“An Garda Síochána are investigating the incidents at Hartstown Shopping Centre and the events leading to Manorsfields Drive.

“The male was treated at the scene by Garda Armed Support Unit paramedics and Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics and transferred to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown.

“The male was pronounced dead at Connolly Memorial Hospital.”

One garda source said: “The gardai tried everything first before resorting to lethal force. But non-lethal force like tasers and pepper spray can often prove to be difficult in subduing a moving target.

“It’s hard to take down a moving man with a taser unless you get in close – and when someone is wielding a knife and lunging at you, you just don’t get in too close.”

A post mortem will take place today.

Family friends and neighbours claim George suffered with mental health problems.

He was from a Nigerian family and is believed to have two brothers and two sisters, some of whom were home at the time of the shooting.

The family is understood to have lived in Ireland for around 15 years.

A spokeswoman for the Garda Ombudsman told the Irish Mirror: “GSOC received a referral under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 from the Garda Síochána following an incident in Blanchardstown.

“A male was injured following the discharge of a Garda firearm.

“The referral was made under Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which provides for independent investigation of any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person.”

According to young neighbours George was 27 years old and the eldest child.

“They’re a lovely family, it’s no reflection on them,” one said.

Members of the Nigerian community gathered on Manorfields Drive, some visibly upset at the news.

Others were angered at the Garda response.

“There are ways of restraining people without killing them,” one said.

Family friend Tunde Faderin said George’s traumatised mother and siblings were now staying with cousins.

“The boy was killed right in front of her,” he said.

“It’s so sad.”

Paul Murphy, Rise TD for Dublin South West, added: “The lethal shooting of George Nkencho by Gardaí today is extremely concerning.

“From the info available, it appears to be a disproportionate and unnecessary use of lethal force.”

Senator Lynn Ruane added: “I am struggling to understand why the guards thought it was the only option they had.”

Gardai have appealed to anyone who may have seen the events unfold to contact them at Blanchardstown station on 01-6667000.

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