Legal professional arrested as part of a Gardaí investigation into an argument with a dog that led to a shooting on farmland outside Tallaght
A 36-year-old man was fighting for his life last night after he was shot in the head during an argument on farmland over a dog.
A well-known legal professional is questioned about the shooting, after being arrested at the scene.
The injured man was named locally as Keith Conlon of Kiltalown Park, Tallaght, which is located near where he was shot yesterday.
Mr. Conlon is considered a dog breeder.
Officers believe Mr Conlon, along with possibly two other men, were in fields in the Hazel Grove area of rural Tallaght when ‘a problem arose regarding a loose dog’.
Initial reports indicated that the dog had been put down; last night, officers recovered the body of an animal.
Gardaí believe the dog fled after being shot but later died.
Detectives are working on the theory that “a follow-up interaction” that occurred after a verbal altercation between the legal professional and Mr. Conlon, resulted in Mr. Conlon being shot in the head and causing catastrophic injuries.
He remained in critical condition at Tallaght University Hospital last night with concerns for his life as family members gathered at the facility.
It is understood that a legally owned handgun was used and that this weapon was recovered by gardaí.
After the incident, emergency services were notified and a man in his 50s was arrested by gardaí at the scene.
He was questioned last night at Tallaght guard station, where he can be held for up to three days.
“No one attempted to flee the scene and people cooperated with the gardaí when they arrived,” a source said.
Members of Garda’s technical office arrived at the scene after 2 p.m. to carry out a forensic examination.
Senior gardaí were also present throughout the day and spoke to investigators, while officers carried out land and farmland searches at the scene.
The land is situated on a site off Kiltalown Lane, which is a lane off Blessington Road on the outskirts of Tallaght.
Around 2 p.m., a guard bus was brought to the scene and shortly after left with a group of civilians.
Friends of Mr. Conlon also visited the area after the shooting.
The men, who did not give their names, told the Irish Independent there had been an exchange of words before the incident.
They claimed the man had been shot in the head and made other allegations which could not be confirmed last night.
The men said their friend’s lurcher dog, historically associated with poaching but in modern times also a companion dog, had been shot.
Dozens of officers have been assigned to work on the case, but gardaí is not looking for anyone else as part of its investigation.
There are a number of farm safety notices at the property warning “no shooting” is allowed on the farm and “unauthorized entry is prohibited”, along with other notices including a sign that dogs are not allowed on the grounds.
Local people said farmers operating in the Blessington Road area had become increasingly ‘frustrated and annoyed’ in recent times by people trespassing on their land.
Fianna Fáil local councilor Charlie O’Connor, who visited the site, said he was shocked by the shooting.
“We should be worried about the man who is in serious condition in Tallaght Hospital,” he said.
“It’s very sad and it will cause a lot of shock and upheaval in the general Tallaght area, as any shot would.
“As a public representative, I want to call on people to cooperate with the Tallaght gardaí who are investigating this.”
In a statement, the Garda press office said: “Gardaí are investigating a serious shooting incident which occurred at premises in the Hazel Grove area of Tallaght, Co Dublin on Tuesday 22nd February.
“Gardaí is appealing to anyone with information who may have been from the Hazel Grove area of Tallaght to come forward.”