Detective tells inquest of post office raider shooting

A detective Garda has been telling an inquest about the moment he shot two post office raiders dead.

A detective Garda has been telling an inquest about the moment he shot two post office raiders dead.

The anonymous officer known as Detective Garda A has given evidence out of view from the public gallery at Dublin City Coroner's Court.

Detective Garda A's deposition has been read out at the coroner's inquest into the deaths of Colm Griffin and Eric Hopkins from north inner Dublin.

He described identifying himself to staff telling them there was a raid on moments after the post office opened.

He and another officer, Detective Garda B, entered the secure area thinking the raiders would come through the back door.

When the three raiders approached the front of the counter bashing down the counter glass, he said he feared they'd get in and he became fearful for his life and the lives of post office staff.

Garda A said he emerged to see an armed raider about 6 feet away from him holding a gun with both his hands pointing it straight at him - Garda A says he shouted armed Gardaí and ordered him to drop his gun.

The man was Colm Griffin whom he said he had no doubt was prepared to kill him.

At that point Garda A says he discharged two shots hitting him in the chest and back of the head, killing him instantly.

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