Scotland’s PIRC, which provide independent oversight and investigate incidents involving the police in Scotland are looking into the death of a man who was shot by armed police during the incident this afternoon. Six people including a police officer were injured during the incident and are in hospital.
A spokesperson for the PIRC told Express.co.uk this evening: “Following the incident today in West George Street, Glasgow, the PIRC, in accordance with our statutory powers, has received an instruction from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to carry out an independent investigation into the death of a man who was shot by armed police during the incident.
“We are currently liaising with Police Scotland on the management of post incident procedures following this incident.
“Once our investigation is concluded, a report on the Commissioner’s findings will be sent to the COPFS for consideration.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The incident occurred Park Inn Hotel in West George Street at lunchtime this afternoon.
Police Scotland say the victims were men aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53 while the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) confirmed the officer who had been stabbed was a 42-year-old male.
The force say there is no danger to the public stressing the incident was not being treated as terrorism with officers in attendance in West George Street.
Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, added: “Officers were on the scene within two minutes, and armed officers shortly afterwards, and the incident was quickly contained.
The hotel at the centre of the stabbing incident was been used to house asylum seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Private housing provider Mears, which is subcontracted by the Home Office, was understood to have moved the refugees from self-contained accommodation to hotels during the coronavirus lockdown.
After the incident, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “First and foremost, my thoughts are with all those people who have been caught up in this terrible incident, particularly the six injured people taken to hospital for treatment, as well as residents and staff at the hotel.
“I also want to thank all of those police officers whose quick and decisive actions contained the incident – one of whom was among those taken to hospital – as well as the work of the other emergency services.”
“While such a serious incident is rare in Scotland, it is another reminder of the courage and professionalism of our police officers who are willing to run towards danger in order to protect the lives of others.”
Published at Fri, 26 Jun 2020 19:05:00 +0000