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Woman 'with knife' shot by armed police in Liverpool
A woman has been shot by armed police in Liverpool, Merseyside Police have confirmed.
Emergency services first responded to reports of a woman with a knife on Cairns Street, in Toxteth, at 1.50pm today, before the incident moved to nearby North Hill Street.
A woman was then shot by the police and suffered an injury to her upper body, a spokesperson for the force said.
She has now been taken to hospital and the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
A large police presence still remains in the area, which is currently cordoned off from the public.
A witness described hearing ‘bang’ outside his home and told the Liverpool Echo it ‘sounded like fireworks.
The police spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm officers are currently dealing with an incident in Toxteth.
‘Officers were called at 1.50pm today to Cairns Street to reports of a woman armed with a knife.
‘Patrols attended the scene and a female was shot by police and suffered an injury to her upper body. The woman has been taken to hospital for treatment.’
An ambulance service spokesperson added: ‘We attended with a resource from our hazardous area response team, a rapid response vehicle, ambulance, advanced paramedic and tactical commander.
‘We have taken a patient to hospital.’
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