Gardai authorised to use shoot-to-kill policy

Gardai effectively operate a shoot-to-kill policy when dealing with armed people who pose a direct threat to the public.

30th July, 2005

Gardai effectively operate a shoot-to-kill policy when dealing with armed people who pose a direct threat to the public.

However, the shooting dead of the man wrongly suspected of being a suicide bomber on the London underground nine days ago would not qualify under this policy.

The detective who gunned down Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes would have been prosecuted if the shooting had happened in Ireland, according to garda sources.

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