Hero cop stabbed in Glasgow attack describes ‘scene I’ll never forget’

Hero cop stabbed in Glasgow attack describes ‘scene I’ll never forget’ 1
David Whyte praised colleagues who ‘put themselves in harm’s way to contain this incident’ (Picture: PA/Getty)

 

The police officer stabbed in the Glasgow knife attack has thanked brave colleagues for ‘putting themselves in harm’s way’ to save lives.

Constable David Whyte, 42, was one of six people injured during the incident at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street on Friday, in which a male suspect was shot and killed by police.

Three of the other people who were injured are asylum seekers, Police Scotland said, while two are members of staff. All remain in hospital, one in a critical but stable condition, the others in a stable condition.

In a statement posted on Twitter by the force, Mr Whyte said: ‘The incident myself and colleagues faced in West George Street was extremely challenging. The scene we were confronted with is something I will never forget. As the first responders on scene, myself and my colleague did what all police officers are trained for to save lives.’

Pic shows PC David Whyte at the High Court Glasgow. He gave evidence in the trial of David Parker, Paul Smith, Philip Wade and Colin Coats. The four deny abducting, torturing and murdering Linda Spence. Trial continues. Pic by Iain McLellan/Spindrift. See Glasgow Courts.
PC David Whyte pictured at Glasgow’s High Court (Picture: Iain McLellan/Spindrift Photo Agency)

 

The officer, who remains in a stable condition, thanked his colleagues who ‘put themselves in harm’s way to contain this incident and assist with the vital treatment given to myself and others at the scene by other emergency services’.

Mr Whyte added: ‘Despite suffering serious injuries myself, I know that the swift actions of colleagues saved lives and prevented a far more serious incident.

‘I would like to thank the medical staff at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for their outstanding care in the hours following this incident.

‘Finally, I would like to thank the public for all their kind messages of support and for the good wishes from all at Police Scotland. It means a lot and has brought both myself and my family great comfort at this difficult time.’

Police attend the scene of a fatal stabbing incident at the Park Inn Hotel in central Glasgow on June 26, 2020. - Scottish police on Friday said armed officers shot dead a man after a suspected stabbing in Glasgow left six others injured, including one of their colleagues. The incident happened in and around a Park Inn hotel on West George Street, in the heart of the city. Several roads were closed and the surrounding area was cordoned off. (Photo by Robert Perry / AFP) (Photo by ROBERT PERRY/AFP via Getty Images)
Police swarmed the scene in central Glasgow (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

 

The constable also asked that his privacy be respected.

Police Scotland, which has said the attack is not being treated as terrorism, has launched an appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to the hotel at 12.50pm and the incident was ‘quickly contained’, the force said.

The suspect was shot by an armed unit and died at the scene.

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Emergency services at the scene (Picture: Twitter/Milroy1717)

 

Following an update from Police Scotland on Saturday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: ‘My thoughts today remain with Constable Whyte – whose bravery we are all deeply grateful for – and the other people who sustained injuries in yesterday’s terrible incident. I wish them all a full and speedy recovery.’

The Park Inn hotel was being used to house asylum seekers. All of those injured during the incident there are aged between 17 and 53.

One witness recalled rushing inside to cradle his wounded friend.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police respond to major incident on West George Street on June 26, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Police respond to major incident on West George Street, Glasgow (Picture: SNS Group)

 

Dontay Redhead, 24, said his pal cried out ‘I love my mother’ as a pool of blood spread out beneath him.

He told The Scottish Sun: ‘He got stabbed on each side of his stomach. His guts were hanging out.’

Meanwhile, a man who said he knew the perpetrator claimed he warned of the attack the night before.

The Park Inn hotel at the scene in West George Street, Glasgow, where a man has been shot by an armed officer after another officer was injured during an attack. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday June 26, 2020. The man shot by armed police in Glasgow city centre has died, Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson confirmed, and six other injured people are in hospital including a police officer. See PA story POLICE WestGeorgeSt. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Park Inn hotel at the scene in West George Street (Picture: PA)

 

Giving his name as Siraj, he told ITV: ‘He said “I will attack” so everyone should take it seriously.

‘I told him “no, there’s no need to attack” and he said “they hate me, I hate them, they are against me”.

‘He started to say a lot of stuff like that but I said nobody hates you, nobody knows you, nobody knows each other.

‘I reported him to the hotel reception and then the next day, yesterday morning, the housing manager talked to me and I said to him everything he (the attacker) said to me. And in the afternoon, it happened.’

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