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PSNI searching land near Crossmaglen for weapon used in Dectective’s murder

Detective Adrian Donohoe was murdered in 2013

A specialist PSNI team have begun searching land near Crossmaglen for a shotgun they believe was used in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in 2013.

Detective Donohoe was shot and killed by an armed gang of five people during a robbery on a credit union in Lordship, county Louth.

According to the Daily Star, the PSNi are searching the land as they believe the sawn-off shotgun was buried there following the robbery which saw the gang make off with 4,000 euro.

The report also states that Garda investigating the murder are making “real progress” and are confident of finding justice for the father-of-two.

Detective Donohoe and his colleague Detective Garda Joe Ryan were on a routine two-person cash escort on the evening of Friday, January 25, 2013.

The pair were en route to meet local credit union officials at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, who would then travel in a three car convoy to a bank in Dundalk town to lodge takings in a nightsafe.

They were ambushed by an armed gang with one fatal shot being fired, killing Detective Donohoe.

The gang made off with the money, inadvertently leaving behind more than 30,000 euro.

He was the first Garda officer to be shot dead in the line of duty since 1996, and was afforded a full state funeral.

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