Paul “Ralph” Gallagher, 26, was shot three times during the incident in Ballymacan, Co Meath.
A friend who was with him later raised the alarm.
Gallagher was on bail facing a minimum 10-year sentence for possession of a huge amount of heroin, cocaine and cannabis.
The dad of one was also facing trial after he was nabbed with a burglary kit – including a sharp axe, knives, cable ties and gloves – in Carrigart, Co Donegal, nearly three years ago.
He appeared in court here on July 21 where his case was put back to December.