The popular garda involved in a tragic shooting at the weekend has died at Kerry General Hospital.
Grief-stricken relatives had gathered at his bedside for a poignant prayer service in the hours leading up to his death late on Monday night.
The Garda Ombudsman’s Office confirmed early yesterday that Adrian Hickey, who had been based in Tralee, Co Kerry, had passed away.
His distraught partner and family were by his side in the intensive care unit of the local hospital where he was admitted shortly after 4am on Sunday morning.
Garda Hickey, who was 29, was found with a single gunshot wound to the head in the back garden of his partner’s apartment at Lis Ard, Tralee.
The weapon used in the incident was a 9mm Sig Sauer Garda Service revolver that was found at the scene. Gda Hickey had been on duty in the town on Saturday night.
His shocked partner raised the alarm and he was rushed by ambulance to hospital where doctors battled desperately to save his life.
Gda Hickey’s close relatives had been advised by medics that his injuries were so devastating that there was no chance of survival.
The son of a retired garda and a native of Blarney, Co Cork, he had graduated from the Garda Training College in Feb 2006 and was based in Tralee for the past six years.
He spent five years as a uniformed member of the force before joining the plain-clothes Kerry Divisional Drugs Unit.
Gardaí are not seeking to interview anyone in connection with the shooting, which has caused widespread shock in the town.
The Garda Commissioner informed the Garda Ombudsman of the incident in accordance with Section 1.02 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
A team from the Garda Ombudsman’s office was dispatched to Tralee and the investigation was nearing a completion yesterday.
Gda Hickey will be honoured by colleagues during the funeral service and burial in the coming days.
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