Updated: 21/05/18 : 06:04:40
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Suspect in missing student search shot dead by Gardaí

A father of two from Bray, Co Wicklow who was shot dead by Gardaí yesterday evening was later declared dead in hospital.

Officers searching for missing Filipino student Jastine Valdez (24) went to the area when a phone mast there registered the man's phone.

He had been brought to St Vincent's Hospital where he was officially declared dead.

Mark Hennessy (40), who was married with two young children, was confronted in a car park in south Dublin after a massive search operation for the missing woman.

It is understood that Hennessy, who was in possession of a knife,  threatened to self-harm and stab gardaí, before he was shot by a detective from a south Dublin garda station.

It is understood the man was shot a number of times in the head and arm.

The kidnapping suspect, a building contractor originally from Ballybrack, had told his wife he was going out socialising on Saturday evening.

He has no obvious connections to Jastine and her movements on the day she went missing were random, leading gardai to believe the attack was completely unplanned.

The young student was abducted by a man driving a black Nissan Qashqai as she walked home near Enniskerry about 6.30pm on Saturday. There has been no sighting of her since.    

Following a massive garda appeal for information about the car, Hennessy was sighted at Killiney Dart station yesterday afternoon.

When confronted by members of the public, he mounted a curb in the Qashqai and fled the scene at speed.

He was later traced to the Cherrywood industrial estate where a stand-off with gardaí ensued before the fatal shooting.








Gardaí and medics at the scene of the shooting beside the suspect's black Nissan Qashqai


Fears are now mounting for Jastine after she was not found in the car.
She is described as being 1.52m (5ft) tall, of slight build with long black hair and brown eyes.

When last seen she was wearing a dark-coloured jacket, a white T-shirt, grey leggings and runners.

She and her parents have been living in Ireland for the past three years.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 999 or 112  or  Bray Garda Station 01-6665300, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.