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Man sought over missing woman Justine Valdez shot during garda operation



Jastine Valdez

Jastine Valdez

Jastine Valdez

A man being sought in relation to the disappearance of student Jastine Valdez has been shot during an armed garda operation this evening.

Gardai had been searching for the driver of a black Nissan jeep in relation to the disappearance of the 24-year-old.

On Sunday evening in Cherrywood a man in his 40s was shot during a garda operation.

He is understood to be in a critical condition.

A black Nissan jeep matching the description of the one sought by gardai has been spotted at the scene.

It is understood a knife was produced during the course of the incident.

There is no update on missing Jastine emerging from the incident.

The search for Jastine began on Saturday evening at around 6.15pm when a woman and her son witnessed an abduction taking place on the R760 in Enniskerry.

A full search operation was been launched by gardai, with the Air Support Unit involved while gardai will also be receiving assistance from the Civil Defense.

Jastine's mobile phone was found near the scene from where she was abducted.

Members of the garda Technical Bureau have been carrying out extensive searches of the R760 as part of the investigation.

She was last seen when she left her home yesterday - and was reported missing by her family at 11.20pm last night.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bray Garda Station 01-6665300 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Irish Independent