Two people have been killed and a police officer hospitalised after a man went on a knife-wielding rampage in Wolverhampton on Wednesday.
Police described the incident as a “domestic stabbing” and confirmed a woman, believed to be in her thirties, died at the scene. A male suspect, also believed to be in his thirties, was pronounced dead a short time later.
The man is reported to have attacked two women before stabbing himself, according to local newspaper Express and Star. The second woman, believed to be in her fifties, suffered stomach wounds and was taken to hospital.
Police arrived with armed officers and a dog unit after being called at around 9.45am and used stun grenades to storm a flat. One officer suffered minor injuries.
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A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Police were called to a block of flats in Leasowes Drive, in the Merry Hill area of the city, at around 9.45am where it is believed a man attacked two women before inflicting stab injuries on himself.
“Officers used stun grenades as they stormed the flat in a bid to distract and detain the knifeman.
“A woman believed to be in her thirties died at the scene while the male suspect, also believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead a short time later.
“Another woman, believed to be in her fifties, has been taken to hospital with critical stomach wounds while a police officer was treated for minor injuries.”
Officers surrounded the high-rise flats off Leasowes Drive where residents were evacuated, while three air ambulances landed on nearby Warstones Green.
West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Murray MacGregor said: ““A man and woman estimated to be in their 30s had suffered very serious stab wounds. Sadly, despite best efforts by ambulance staff, it was not possible to save either of them and they were confirmed dead at scene.
“Another woman was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with potentially life-threatening stab wounds.
“A police officer who was sent to the scene suffered a minor injury to his arm. He was assessed by ambulance staff and was discharged after treatment.”