The Garda Press Office has refused to say whether a ‘small army of gardai’ have been traumatised by the sight of a man waving a kitchen breadknife.
But, a spokesman said, even though he hadn’t attacked anyone with it, the Armed Response Unit would still have had absolutely “no choice but to execute him”.
Otherwise, he explained, the 30 gardai who weren’t carrying a bread knife, “might all have been slaughtered…probably in the blink of an eye…ninja style?”
Asked to explain how two of the three shots fired at close range had missed George Nkencho, the spokesman said “staring down the barrel of a gun will do that to you”.
When it was pointed out the gardai had been staring down the barrels of their own guns, he said, “well…it’s practically the same thing”.