Garda Commissioner “deeply saddened” at garda death

The Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy says he's deeply saddened by the death of a young officer in Co. Donegal.

24 year old Garda Gary McLoughlin lost his fight for life in hospital overnight, after he was injured in a crash while on duty in Buncrana in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The crash happened on the Letterkenny to Bridgend road at around half past one yesterday morning.

Two gardai - Garda Gary Mc Loughlin and Garda Brendan Mc Loughlin - had been called out to support colleagues, in pursuit of a Northern registered Opel Astra, that had been seen leaving a filling station at high speed.

It's understood the accident happened when the Northern registered car turned on the road and collided with the marked garda car.

Both officers were rushed to hospital, where Garda Gary Mc Loughlin lost his fight for life overnight.

In extending his sympathies this morning, the Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said his thoughts and prayers are with Garda Mc Loughlin's family, friends and colleagues.

He said this tragedy and the death earlier this year of Garda Robbie Mc Callion in Letterkenny, highlight in stark terms the dangers gardai face every day, as they go about their work.

The Mayor of Buncrana Lee Tedstone has been reacting to the news.

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