Police Officer Critical After Six Injured in Glasgow Hotel Stabbing

Several people, including a police officer, have been injured in a stabbing in Glasgow city centre, with the male suspect shot dead by officers.

Police Scotland say six men are in hospital and are being treated for their injuries, including a 42-year-old police officer who is in a "critical but stable condition."

The incident is not being treated as terrorism at this stage and investigations are continuing, according to Police Scotland.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: "Police responded to a report of an incident at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street, Glasgow, at 12.50pm today.

"Officers were on the scene within two minutes, and armed officers shortly afterwards, and the incident was quickly contained.

"A man was shot by armed police and has died. Six other men are in hospital for treatment, including a 42-year-old police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition. The officer's family is aware."

Assistant Chief Constable Johnson added that the other men in hospital are aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53.

Scene of stabbing in Glasgow
Three people are believed to have died after a stabbing in Glasgow. Getty

Earlier, sources had reported that two other people had died but this did not turn out to be the case.

Witness Craig Milroy, who claims to have seen 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."

The Scottish Police Federation posted at the time of the incident 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."

Emergency services are still urging the public to stay away from Glasgow city center, following the "serious incident".

Armed police have closed off West George Street and have told people to avoid the area.

"The reports from Glasgow City Centre are truly dreadful," Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

Police say incident in Glasgow city centre is contained and there is no danger to the public. Have seen a person being stretchered away from a building. pic.twitter.com/4n0OP0NOP4

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"My thoughts are with everyone involved. I am being updated as the situation becomes clearer. Please help the emergency services do their jobs by staying away from the area - and please don't share unconfirmed information."

Greater Glasgow Police says that they are not looking for anyone else in the incident.

Assistant Chief Constable Johnson said: "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."

Glasgow City Council said a number of road closures remained in place.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "Deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow, my thoughts are with all the victims and their families. Thank you to our brave emergency services who are responding."