A woman has been shot by police in a street.
Officers were called to reports of a woman armed with a knife in Cairns Street, Toxteth in Liverpool, at about 13:50 BST.
She suffered an injury to her upper body and has been taken to hospital for treatment. Her condition is unknown.
Merseyside Police said the shooting had been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). North Hill Street remains cordoned off.
‘Heard two bangs’
A woman who lives near the police cordon said she had been asleep after working a night shift when she was woken by a gunshot.
“I heard a bang. I didn’t know what had happened until my daughter told me she had seen it on the news,” she said.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, heard two loud bangs.
She said: “It sounded like something had blown up.”
Another resident said: “People are sad and mad about it but obviously we don’t know who she is or what’s happened yet.
“A lot of people are going to be angry that a police officer has felt the need to shoot a bullet into somebody.”
An IOPC spokesman confirmed an investigation had begun.
He said: “The incident was referred to us, as is mandatory in these circumstances, at 2:45pm.
“Our investigation is in its very early stages and we have investigators attending the scene and the post incident procedures to begin gathering evidence. The woman is currently being treated in hospital.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this incident.”