A man has been arrested following a number of violent incidents in Tallaght, Co Dublin.
A number of cars were stolen and a man was injured during the course of events which began early this morning.
Events began to unfold at around 6am this morning when a man in his 30s had a fight with his girlfriend in Brookview.
He then took her car, crashed it, stole another car and crashed that one too.
It’s understood the suspect then made his way into the Watergate housing estate in Tallaght where he broke into a house.
There – he punched a man with the end of what appeared to be a machine gun and stole his car.
A witness on the scene described the incident in which the black Renault Kadjar was stolen from a house near The Square in Tallaght at about 6.50am.
According to the witness, the occupant of the house looked out their sliding glass doors and saw a man “with a machine gun” standing on the road.
The same suspect is then believed to have stolen two more cars on the Naas road before gardai spotted him heading into the Citywest Shopping Centre this afternoon.
There, the suspect jumped out of a car and a foot chase ensued across the shopping centre’s car park.
The man was eventually arrested in the past hour bringing to an end a dramatic eight hours here in Tallaght.
He’s been brought to Tallaght Garda Station for questioning and a firearm has been recovered.
Just after 10am, gardaí issued an appeal for the public’s help in locating the black Renault Kadjar with the registration number 162 D 8767.
The driver was the car was believed to be armed and gardaí warned the public not to approach him under any circumstances.
Anyone with any information should contact Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000 or the emergency numbers 999 or 112.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Update from Tallaght incident from this morning. Man in his 30s arrested in Citywest. Thank you for your assistance.”