Gardaí in Cork said he was not looking for anyone else in connection with a knife attack that left a woman in critical condition and a man injured.
The incident took place at a home in Glen North near Banteer in northern County Cork around 4 p.m. on Christmas Day when a woman in her 60s called emergency services to say she had been attacked.
The woman had been seriously stabbed in the chest after being assaulted by a man she knew, but managed to escape and hide a dog shed from where she called for services. ’emergency.
Gardaí de Kanturk and Mallow responded quickly but upon arriving at the scene and finding that the suspect was armed and had fled the scene, they requested help from the Armed Support Unit (ASU).
Two Cork City ASU units were deployed and began a search of the surrounding land, suspecting the suspect may have fled towards the forestry area near Mount Hillary in Banteer.
Paramedics treated the injured woman at the scene before she was transported by ambulance to Cork University Hospital, where she is believed to be in critical condition.
ASU agents later located the suspect, an injured man in his 50s about 300 meters from the house where the attack on the woman took place.
The man also rushed by ambulance to CUH where he is being treated for his injuries while remaining in the care of ASU members who have been deployed to monitor him.
The house where the attack took place and the area where the man was found have been cordoned off and Garda technical experts are scheduled to conduct forensic examinations at both locations.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed that all units had since been disbanded and a Garda source said officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack on the woman.