Sergeant took his own life at local station

A young Garda sergeant used a Garda-issue gun to take his own life at his local station.

The garda, named locally as Michael Galvin, was found dead at Ballyshannon Garda station in Co Donegal overnight yesterday.

As duty sergeant he had access to all areas in the station including the gun cabinet for official arms. It is understood a Garda-issue weapon was found beside the body by colleagues.

It is understood he was married man in his 40s and was originally from a very well-known family in Sligo.

His father, Paddy, is the caretaker at Markievicz Park — the county GAA stadium in Sligo Town.

A full investigation into the incident is being carried out by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

A Garda spokesman said that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and nobody else is being sought in connection with the case.

An autopsy was due to be carried out yesterday.

Ballyshannon Garda Station was closed to the public as a full investigation was carried out by Garda forensic officers yesterday.

Ballyshannon Garda business was looked after by Bundoran Garda Station.

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