Man shot dead by armed officer in Glasgow after colleague injured during major incident

The man shot by armed police in Glasgow city centre has died, Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson confirmed, and six other injured people are in hospital including a police officer.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 3:42 pm
Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @ThatReilz of police presence in West George Street, Glasgow, as a serious police incident has closed roads in the city centre. Picture c/o @ThatReilz/PA Wire

Police Scotland said the male suspect was shot by an armed unit and that an officer is receiving treatment in hospital.

The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) confirmed an officer had been stabbed and their family has been informed.

Police said there is no danger to the public, with officers in attendance in West George Street in the city centre on Friday afternoon.

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Images on social media appeared to show armed police entering a building and a large number of emergency vehicles outside.

The incident appeared to happen at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street.

In a statement on Twitter, assistant chief constable Steve Johnson said: "We are continuing to deal with the incident on West George Street #Glasgow and would ask people to avoid the area.

"However, I would like to reassure the public that this is a contained incident and that the wider public is not at risk.

"Armed police officers attended the incident and I can confirm that a male suspect was shot by an armed officer."

He added: "I would like to reassure the public that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.

"I can also confirm that a police officer was injured while dealing with the incident and that officer is receiving treatment in hospital."

The SPF, which represents rank and file police officers, tweeted: "We are aware of reports a police officer has been stabbed in an incident in #Glasgow city centre.

"Our officials are in attendance to provide all necessary support. Please allow our collages the space to do their jobs. Further updates will be provided when we are able to do so.

It added: "We appreciate families of police officers in #Glasgow will be anxious to hear that a police officer has been stabbed. Please be aware the family of the officer has been notified and is being supported by the service.

Police said the incident is "contained" and there is no danger to the general public.

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Please follow advice to avoid the West George Street area of Glasgow while @policescotland deal with this ongoing incident."

One witness, who gave his name as John, said he saw two people stabbed in the hotel.

He said he came down from the third floor of the hotel to see the reception covered in blood.

"One receptionist had been stabbed behind the receptionist desk," he said.

"And then when I went down to the entrance I shouted at him and told him to stay calm and I will call for help

"When I went to the entrance I saw another receptionist was fighting for his life and had been stabbed.

"There were two police officers their assisting him."

Witness Craig Milroy, who saw the aftermath of the incident from an office building nearby, said he had seen four people taken away in ambulances.

He told the PA news agency: "I saw a man lying on the ground, of African descent, with no shoes on. He was on the ground with someone holding his side - I don't know if it was a bullet wound, a stab wound, or what it was."

Mr Milroy said the man was one of the four taken away by medics and believed him to be a victim of an attack.

He added: "After that we saw commotion, ambulances further up and we saw armed police all running into the hotel next to the Society Room.

"We were still standing outside, after that the police all came down, the riot police and triage team told us to go back in and lock the door."

A traffic information bulletin issued by Glasgow City Council said a number of roads in the city centre had been closed.

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