The Garda Ombudsman Commission has begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Drogheda.

It is believed the man, who was being sought by gardaí, took his own life. 

There are also unconfirmed reports that a number of shots were fired at gardaí.

Residents of the North Quay area said they heard several loud bangs between 5am and 7am this morning.

Parts of the town were sealed off to allow gardaí and the Garda Ombudsman Commission to investigate the circumstances of the man's death.