Suspect in Glasgow stabbing incident shot dead, officer among six injured

UK police on Friday said they shot a suspect following a stabbing incident in central Glasgow in which several people were injured. The suspect has been confirmed dead.

Scottish police confirmed that the male suspect was shot by an armed officer, saying that one police officer was injured in dealing with the incident but it had been contained.

A handout picture taken from the Twitter feed of Milroy1717 shows emergency services taking a victim away on a stretcher in Glasgow city centre on June 26, 2020.
A handout picture taken from the Twitter feed of Milroy1717 shows emergency services taking a victim away on a stretcher in Glasgow city centre on June 26, 2020. © AFP stringer, MILROY1717

“The individual who was shot by armed police has died,” assistant chief constable Steve Johnson said in a statement.

“Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition,” he added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” by the incident.

“My thoughts are with all the victims and their families,” Johnson added in a tweet. “Thank you to our brave emergency services who are responding.”

Earlier, public broadcaster the BBC said three people were “believed to have been stabbed to death in a hotel stairwell in Glasgow city centre”, though there was no official confirmation of the fatalities.

An eyewitness told Sky News that she had seen several people covered in blood being treated by emergency services, and armed police on the scene, at around 1.15pm (1215 GMT). Sky News also said there were fatalities.

Greater Glasgow Police said emergency services were dealing with the incident on West George Street in the centre of Glasgow.

“The situation is contained at this time and there is no danger to the general public,” police said.

Last week, three people died in the southern English town of Reading when a man wielding a five-inch knife went on the rampage in a park. Police said they were treating that incident as terrorism.

(FRANCE 24 & REUTERS)

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