Male and female officers in serious condition after 'stabbing'
Two police officers are in a serious condition after one was âstabbed in the neck and the other one in the armâ during an incident in Scotland.
Police Scotland said the two officers, a man and a woman were called to a Gateside Gardens, in Greenock, around 08.45pm on Friday.Man charged with murders of underworld 'Mr Big' and mob 'fixer'
A 43-year-old man has been arrested following the incident and is also being treated in hospital.
Colleagues praised the âincredible braveryâ of the two injured officers who were initially taken to Royal Inverclyde Hospital.
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins has visited both officers and said he was âproud to speak to themâ.
At a press conference in Greenock, he said: âBoth remain in a serious condition.Advertisement Advertisement
âOur thoughts are with our injured colleagues and of course their families at this time.
âIâd like to take this opportunity to publicly praise the incredible bravery shown by these two officers during the extremely difficult and challenging situation they faced.â
The female officer is a probationer with the force and male is an experienced officer, Mr Higgins said.
One of the officers has been transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for further treatment.
Asked about the nature of the injuries, Mr Higgins said: âItâs not been classified as life-threatening at this moment but it is significant and it is serious.
âI went to the hospital and I spoke to both officers. They were in remarkable good spirits.
âIâm blown away by the courage of them. I was actually very moved and pr oud to speak with them.â
A large section of Gateside Gardens has been cordoned off and several police vehicles remain in the area.
A team of forensic officers could be seen examining a section of Grieve Road where a shoe and an item of clothing lay in the street.
Mr Higgins said the arrested man was being treated for âvery minor bruising and cuts and grazesâ.
He said the 43-year-oldâs mental well-being was being assessed but stressed this was standard procedure for everyone who is arrested.
Police Scotland is to significantly increase the number of officers armed with tasers from this month.
Mr Higgins said: âPotentially a taser could have made a difference, but again thatâs a bit speculative.Advertisement Advertisement
âGreenock is going to be one of the areas where during our roll-out period there will be specially-trained officers deployed.;
Andrea MacDonald, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said : âOur thoughts are with the injured officers and their families. Once again we see how difficult and dangerous a job it is.
âPolice officers put themselves between other professionals and the public and dangerous individuals, sometimes with life-changing consequences for themselves and their families. We wish our colleagues a speedy and full recovery.âAdvertisementSource: Google News