Police officer critically injured in Glasgow hotel stabbing attack named

Constable David Whyte was one of six injured in the knife attack

Constable David Whyte was one of six injured in the knife attack

Constable David Whyte was named a policeman who was seriously injured in a stab at a hotel in Glasgow.

A 42-year-old patient is being treated in a hospital, and his condition has been described as “critical but stable.”

He was one of six people affected by the attack on the hotel, which currently houses asylum seekers. The suspect was shot dead by police.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said he offered his “personal support to everyone who suffered” from the incident.

In a statement published on Police Scotland’s Twitter account, Mr Livingstone also paid tribute to the officers who dealt with the “terrible incident” that “shocked the whole country”.

“Officers have once again run into danger to protect their fellow citizens,” he added.

“Their professionalism as police officers was outstanding. I pay tribute to their bravery, selflessness and commitment to protect the public.”

With restrictions on blocking coronavirus, he continued to urge people not to gather in the city this weekend.

“In the context of the current health emergency, and to respect those injured today and the people of Glasgow, I ask everyone to exercise personal responsibility,” he said.

His request was supported by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who had previously said that it was “the toughest of days for Glasgow.”

She added: “My thoughts are with everyone involved. The injury of a police officer, of course, reminds us of the bravery of our police service. They run towards dangers as the rest of us would run away.”

The BBC in Scotland has learned that one of the wounded undergoing treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow is a 17-year-old teenager from Sierra Leone.

They say that a young man got a leg injury after fighting an attacker. They say that he is healthy enough to communicate and continues to receive treatment.

Other injured men in the hospital aged 18, 20, 38 and 53 years.

The Park Inn hotel in West George Street has been used as emergency accommodation for asylum seekers during the coronavirus lockdown.

A police spokesman said the incident was not considered terrorism.

A formal investigation into the police’s response to a stab was launched. The police investigative and control commissioner (Pirc) will be involved in verifying the actions of officers.

This is a normal police death procedure.

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Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said West George Street will remain closed around the hotel as investigations continue.

Scottish Police Federation chairman David Hamilton spoke about his concerns about a wounded officer.

Family support

“We are hoping he pulls through from this,” he said. “We are making sure we are giving his family the appropriate support.”

Mr Hamilton said that officers were met with “a pretty difficult scene” at the Park Inn hotel.

He added: “This will be a closed-down scene for some time yet.”

“We will try to get things moving as quickly as possible but there are a lot of inquiries and investigations to be done.”

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