A Garda detective has been shot dead tonight during a botched hold-up in Dundalk, Co Louth.
The Garda officer in his 40s was among colleagues who were escorting a cash delivery to a credit union in Dundalk, Co Louth.
Several shots were fired during the incident at the Lordship Credit Union, on the Cooley Road in the town at around 9.30pm.
It is believed the force is now hunting four men in a grey Volkswagen Passat which fled the scene.
The officer, who was based at Dundalk Garda station, was fatally injured in the shooting.
Investigating gardaí at Dundalk are appealing for witnesses to contact them on at 042-9388400, or call the Garda Confidential Number 1-800-666-111.