KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Pic: An Garda Síochána
THE Garda killed while on duty in Castlerea last night has been named as Detective Garda Colm Horkan. A native of Charlestown, Gda Horkan has been a member of An Gardaí Síochana for 24 years.
A former Charlestown senior footballer, Gda Horkan was shot outside Castlerea Garda Station in Co Roscommon last night after being called to an incident. One man has been arrested and is currently being detained in Castlerea Garda Station with an investigation ongoing.
In a statement released this morning, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he and the whole force is shocked by the death of their colleague.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of my colleague Detective Garda Colm Horkan,” the Garda Commissioner said.
“My thoughts and the thoughts of all personnel in An Garda Síochána, are with the family, friends and colleagues od Detective Garda Colm Horkan at Castlerea Garda Station and the Detective Unit he served in.
“Detective Garda Horkan is the 89th member of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty. Today is a terrible reminder of the significant sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice, that Gardaí make to keep people alive.”
Commissioner Harris thanked the local community in Castlerea and the country for the support shown since the incident occurred last night, and asked any witnesses to come forward.
“The fatal shooting of Detective Garda Colm Horkan remains under investigation. I want to appeal to anyone with information on this incident or witnessed this incident to contact Castlerea Garda Station at 094 9621635.”
The incident, which has left the whole county of Mayo in shock, comes 40 years after the deaths of Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne, who were both murdered whilst on duty in Roscommon in July 1980.