The suspect was shot dead by the police.
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LONDON (Reuters) – A suspect was shot dead after armed police responded to an incident that allegedly involved multiple stab wounds in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday.
Details are scarce at the moment, but authorities say the situation is contained and is not being treated as an act of terrorism.
Assistant Police Chief Steve Johnson said the incident was ongoing, but that there was no threat to the general public after West George Street, a business district where the incident occurred, was closed.
“I would like to assure the public that this is a contained incident and that the general public is not at risk,” he said in a statement. “Armed police officers attended the incident, and I can confirm that a suspect was shot by an armed officer.”
Six other people, including a police officer, were injured and are being treated in a hospital, he said. The police officer is in a “stable but critical” condition.
“I would like to assure the public that we are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with this incident,” he added.
A strong police and ambulance presence descended on Glasgow city center on Friday afternoon local time, in response to reports of multiple stabbings.
“The emergency services are dealing with an incident on West George Street in Glasgow,” the Glasgow Police Department tweeted on Friday. “The street is currently closed and the public is being asked to avoid the area at this time. The situation is contained at this time and there is no danger to the general public.”
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Prime Minister, requested that the public follow the advice of the police in order to deal with the incident.
“The reports from the Glasgow City Center are really terrible. My thoughts are with everyone involved,” he posted on Twitter. “I am being updated as the situation clears up. Please help emergency services do their job by staying away from the area, and do not share unconfirmed information.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” by the “terrible” incident. Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labor Party, said the reports were “extremely worrying”.