A knifeman stabbed two people in Glasgow city centre on Thursday before killing himself
Andrea MacDonald, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said the maniac – armed with craft knives and a hatchet – could have slaughtered passers-by “with impunity” because the officers sent to deal with him were only carrying CS gas and batons.
The un-named man stabbed a 33-year-old man in a “targeted” attack, inflicting arm and shoulder injuries, before he was confronted by a city council warden, who was also injured.
It was claimed that armed police officers should have been dispatched to tackle him
Moments later, police surrounded him on busy West Nile Street, where he cut his throat. He was taken to hospital where he later died.
We can be grateful that the casualty and fatality count much higher
As detectives appealed for witnesses, Ms MacDonald, said: “Whilst yesterday’s events sadly saw the assailant lose his life, we can be grateful that the casualty and fatality count much higher.
“Had the assailant been intent on harming large numbers of the public, he could have done so with impunity and the police would have been largely powerless to stop him.
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“Whilst not detracting from the courage of the police officers who attended, the fact no armed officers were dispatched to a man attacking others with knives and an axe should be deeply worrying."
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No one from Police Scotland was available to comment on Ms MacDonald’s claims.
Meanwhile Det Supt Laura Thomson said: “We know that the initial attack was targeted – it was not random; it was planned and we are not looking for anyone else.