Shocking and sad.What happened is this, Silver had his motorbike for sale, a character well known to Silver expressed an interest in buying the bike, we'll call this character, Tattoo Head. Both were well known to the Guards. Silver brought the bike to Castlerea for Tattoo Head to look at it.
Tattoo Head was riding the bike up and down Main Street, a complaint was made to the Garda Station about the noise, two trainee Guards out of Templemore were sent to deal with it, they arrived in a squad car and began talking out the window of the squad car to Silver who was with the motor bike at this stage at the junction of Main Street and Patrick Street.
Tattoo Head made himself scarce, and crossed the street and began filming the interaction between Silver and the Guards on his camera phone.
Detective Horkan arrived in his car and parked his car behind the squad car. I'm unclear whether he had just finished his shift and was going home or that he came to see how the two young Guards were getting on.
Det. Horkan got out of his car, and approached Silver who would have been well known to him since 2003.
Silver became irate and began shouting abuse at Det. Horkan. Det Horkan was known for being good at talking down irate individuals.
Silver struck Det. Horkan a punch in the face, that knocked him backwards and he hit the back of his head on the footpath and was out cold, his holster was exposed, Silver took the gun out and pushed up the clip of the gun which is not something an ordinary Joe would know how to do and Silver shot Det. Horkan in the face. The trainee Guards in the squad car pressed the red button for assistance. Silver then began shooting in an arc across the juction and emptied the gun.
The Guards arrived on the scene, arrested Silver, the trainee Guards were frozen in the squad car. Tattoo Head was stunned by what he had witnessed.