Gardaí believe that a woman may have escaped with her life after she chanced upon two uniformed officers during an armed kidnap at the hands of her jilted boyfriend.
In the course of a terrifying ordeal, her partner stopped his car at a south Dublin petrol station and told her to buy cigarettes - warning her he would kill her if she didn’t come back.
In a twist of fate, there were two uniformed gardaí inside having coffee. She told them what was happening and they went out to the man’s car.
The man sped off and was followed before crashing his car at the Spawell roundabout in Templeogue. He brandished a gun and pointed it at the gardaí before shooting himself in the head.
The bullet is lodged in the man’s brain and he is in a critical condition in hospital.
Gardaí suspect the false imprisonment was connected to “domestic difficulties” after the woman tried to break up the relationship.
The man, aged 32, went to her home in Ringsend on Monday night and forcibly removed her.
“He dragged her by the scruff of the neck and shoved her into his car,” said a garda.
It is thought he drove as far as the Drimnagh area, where he lives, and got a firearm.
The man drove in the direction of Templeogue, stopping at a petrol station at around midnight.
He told the woman to get a packet of cigarettes.
“He told her he would kill her if she didn’t come back out,” said a garda.
The gardaí inside noticed her as she had a burst lip and blackened eyes.
The woman, aged 33, is extremely traumatised.
The man is known to gardaí and has multiple convictions, including for firearms possession and drug dealing.
The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is also investigating.
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