A man has been shot by an armed officer after another officer was injured during an attack in West George Street, Glasgow, Police Scotland said
Armed police could be seen entering a building next to the Park Inn hotel on West George Street, as members of the public exited with their arms raised, according to witness footage posted online.
The heavy police presence saw more than a dozen police vehicles in attendance.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in West George Street in Glasgow. The street is currently closed off and the public are asked to avoid the area at present. The situation is contained at this time and there is no danger to the general public.”
A traffic information bulletin issued by Glasgow city council said: “Due to a serious police incident the following roads are currently closed until further notice: West George Street - between Hope Street and West Nile Street; Renfield Street - between West Regent Street and St Vincent Street. Renfield Street traffic is being diverted onto West Nile Street and road users should avoid the area if possible.”
Witnesses also reported seeing one individual being taken to an ambulance on a stretcher.
Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @Milroy1717 of emergency services presence in West George Street, Glasgow, as a serious police incident has closed roads in the city centre. Photograph: @Milroy1717/PA Wire
The Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, posted on Twitter: “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 colleagues the space to do their jobs. Further updates will be provided when we are able to do so.”
The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted: “Please follow advice to avoid the West George Street area of Glasgow while Police Scotland deal with this ongoing incident.” - Agencies