Armed police race to street as ‘loud bang’ heard and man in gas mask seen waving knife

Residents suggested a man had been shot after he was seen exiting a building with a knife wearing combats, a gas mask and holding a knife

Armed police confronting the man who climbed out of a flat window

A man wearing a gas mask and armed with a knife armed with a knife has triggered a major police operation.

Wearing army fatigues he was spotted climbing out of a flat window in Inverness.

Reports at the scene say were seven alongside two Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) vehicles at the scene

A loud bang was reported by eyewitnesses and paramedics have also arrived at the location

There is no other information about injuries after the incident which terrified householders in the area.

The Daily Record reports residents who claimed a man armed with a knife has been ‘shot’ by armed police.

Residents were told to remain in their homes as the incident unfolded



Resident Alasdair MacNèill, 53, who lives on the street said: “I think the man has just been shot.

“I heard a loud bang there and the paramedics have arrived.

“He was rushing at the police.”

Residents have been told to remain in their homes during an ongoing armed incident.

A resident told how a huge emergency response suddenly appeared in the usually quiet street.

Police quickly erected a cordon around the building and people in the surrounding properties were asked to remain inside their properties.

The householder said: “We were just told to stay indoors.

A neighbor said they thought police had shot the man at the scene



The alleged offender was wearing combat, a gas mask and holding a knife



“We’ve not been given a signal to come out from homes yet by cops.

“The street is still taped off for now and there are lots of police around.

“There are two fire engines at the flat on fire.

“I can’t believe it. It’s normally very quiet here bar the odd boisterous child out playing.

“The fire crews wouldn’t go near the building at first because of the guy.

“He appeared to be holding two knives.”

Another resident told the title, the man began trying to attack police after using a rope to exit the property: “He used a rope to come down.

Police and fire service engines at the scene in Inverness



“This is just off the scale bizarre.

“I’ve started lunging at police officers.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers attended a property on Polvanie View in Inverness around 3pm on Thursday, 31 March, 2022, following a report of concern for a person.

“On attendance, the property was on fire. No-one was injured as a result of the fire and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

“A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been conveyed to Raigmore Hospital.

“Inquiries into the incident are ongoing. The incident is contained and there is no wider threat to the public.”

The Mirror has contacted the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for a comment.

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