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Knife Wielding Man Wearing Gas Mask & Camo Is Shot By Armed Police After Setting House On Fire

A man has been shot by armed police in Inverness after apparently setting his own flat on fire and attacking police officers as they attended the incident.


Images shared on social media of the incident in Inverness
Images shared on social media of the incident in Inverness

A man wearing a gas mask and army camouflage while brandishing two knives has been shot by armed police in Inverness after police officers arrived to find a building on fire.


Police attended a house at 3 pm on Thursday after a report was phoned through over concern for an individual.



Authorities arrived to find the building on fire, and during the incident a 40-year-old man was shot in the leg by police.


He was arrested and taken to Raigmore Hospital for treatment where he remains with reported serious injuries.


Local authorities said that no one was injured as a result of the fire which was quickly extinguished, but several residents who lived nearby had to be evacuated.

The images shared on social media appeared to show a man wearing a gas mask and dressed in camouflage in an apparent stand-off with police officers outside the burning property.


Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett said: "We want to reassure the public that this incident is contained and there is no threat to the wider public."

"There will be extra patrols in the area over the coming days and anyone with any concerns should contact the police."



"We would also ask anybody with any information or footage from the incident to get in touch."


The details of the incident have been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).


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