UPDATE: Senior Garda 'not deliberately targeted' in Waterford incident where young man died

Superintendent Michael Leacy from Dungarvan who was assaulted at his home in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Pic: Picture: Patrick Browne

Investigators from GSOC are examining the scene where an 18-year-old man lost his life in Co Waterford, following an earlier assault of an off-duty senior Garda.

Three other men remain in custody.

It is now thought that the house of the senior Garda was not deliberately targeted in the original bottle-throwing incident.

However, the officer sustained a head injury when he challenged those he believed were responsible outside his home at around midnight.

The men fled. While the 18-year-old was making his escape, he sustained fatal injuries after climbing along a high fence and ending up in a stream.

A post mortem is to be carried out to establish exactly how he died.

Three others were detained in follow-up searches.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission is investigating.

The incident unfolded before 2am this morning when the senior garda's wife heard the sound of breaking glass.

The off-duty officer went to the front door where he was confronted by a group of youths who it is understood may not have deliberately targeted his house.

A bottle was thrown at the Garda who sustained cuts to the back of the head.

The group then fled at which point on-duty gardaí and a search helicopter were called in.

During follow-up searches, the body of an 18-year-old man was found at a stream in the Whitestrand area.

GSOC says one of its senior investigators was dispatched to Dungarvan at 1.59am this morning, after being referred by the Interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan.

A post mortem will be carried out on the 18-year-old's body later.

Three other suspects - all of them older than the man who died - have been arrested. They are being questioned in Waterford City.

The focus of Garda inquiries at the moment is on the activity of the group of youths before the confrontation.

The Garda himself - who is a married father of two - is said to be very shaken by what has transpired.

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