Gardaí: No gun produced during Kiltoom incident

Gardaí have said that no firearm was produced during an incident on the N61 near Kiltoom on Thursday last, which left a young motorist badly shaken.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor John Keogh had taken to Facebook last Friday to alert road users of a possible car jacking or attempted robbery at Kiltoom Cemetery at around 10.30 pm the night before.

In his post, Cllr. Keogh said that he had been informed that a motorist was flashed by a vehicle travelling behind him and when he pulled in was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with what appeared to be a firearm.

It is also believed that a blue flashing light, similar to one used in Garda patrol cars was used during the incident.

The young motorist, a man in his 20s, was accompanied by a passenger and managed to leave the scene immediately.

This week, however, Gardaí released a statement confirming that investigations were ongoing but that no firearm had been produced during the incident.

The statement read: ‘An Garda Síochána can confirm that at no time during this incident was a firearm produced.

‘Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have information or who may have witnessed the incident to come forward to them. Anyone who was travelling in the area between 10.15 pm to 10.45 pm and who may have camera (dash cam) footage, is also asked to contact Gardaí.

‘Anyone with any information should contact Roscommon Garda Station on 090-86638300, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666 111 or any Garda station’.