DUBLIN, Ireland — Police stormed a suburban house today and freed a member of one of Ireland's wealthiest families in a gun battle with the abductors who had mutilated two of his fingers, authorities said.
A detective was seriously wounded in the stomach and another policeman was also hit, along with a gang member, police said. One member of the gang was captured, but five escaped in a succession of hijacked cars.
The kidnapers--led by Ireland's most notorious outlaw, known as the "Border Fox"--had cut off parts of two of Dennis O'Grady's fingers and left them in a cardboard box, along with photographs showing that they had been taken from him, in a cathedral Wednesday to press their demand for a $2.5-million ransom.
But as a Roman Catholic priest was driving to a meeting with a representative of the kidnapers to arrange payment, police tailed a suspicious car to the gang's hide-out in suburban Dublin, officers said.