Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police in armed struggle with man in Edinburgh city centre

police at the scene
Princes Street was closed during the incident

A policeman and another man are in hospital following an armed struggle in Edinburgh city centre.

The man was tasered by police after wielding a knife at officers on the Mound at about 17:15.

He was taken to the Royal Infirmary where he is being detained in police custody.

An officer is also being treated in hospital for a shoulder injury received during the incident.

Princes Street westbound was closed for about three hours.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "At around 5.15pm on Friday 4th July, armed response officers who were on routine patrol in the city centre observed a male in the Mound area whose behaviour gave them cause for concern.

"After being approached, the male became aggressive and presented a knife before struggling with police.

"Taser was deployed to bring the male under control before he was taken to the ERI for assessment where he is detained in police custody.

"One officer sustained an injury to his shoulder during the incident and has also been taken to hospital for treatment."

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