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Keiran Fleming

Police shooting of Glasgow Park Inn hotel attacker 'necessary' as officers cleared of criminality

Police officers who shot and killed Badreddin Abdalla Adam Bosh after he went on a stabbing spree and injured six people in West George Street's Park Inn Hotel have been told their actions were 'necessary'.

An investigation carried out by the Procurator Fiscal found that there was 'no evidence of any criminality on the part of any police officer' at the incident.

The probe also deemed their actions to be 'absolutely necessary' after they attempted less-lethal weapons to apprehend the attacker.

Badreddin Abdalla Adam Bosh was shot after he injured three asylum seekers, two hotel workers and 42-year-old police constable David Whyte who had responded to the initial emergency call.

Adam was one of the hundreds of asylum seekers moved into hotels in Glasgow at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown and three of those the Sudanese man stabbed were also asylum seekers.

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Badreddin Abdalla Adam Bosh (PA)

After the investigation concluded, a group of senior independent lawyers also ruled that there was no evidence of any criminality on the part of any officers involved in the incident.

Kenny Donnelly, Deputy Crown Agent for COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service), said: “This was a terrible, tragic incident and our thoughts are with all of those affected.

“Such an incident is without precedent in the Police Scotland era and it is only right that the Procurator Fiscal conduct a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances of this fatal shooting.

“The investigation which followed found that the police officers involved acted appropriately throughout and their actions were legitimate and proportionate.

“This was fast-moving and complex situation involving significant risk because of the knife attacks being carried out.

“Police officers acted swiftly and decisively with the intention of protecting lives. All available evidence supports the conclusion that the use of lethal force was no more than absolutely necessary in the circumstances.”

An investigation into the wider circumstances which led to the death of the 28-year-old Sudanese man continues to determine whether there is a basis for a discretionary Fatal Accident Inquiry.

This decision will be made after the family have been consulted.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “Armed officers are among the most highly trained in policing and they acted quickly and with professionalism to save lives in what was a spontaneous, fast-moving incident.

“It was right that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service conduct this investigation, but our officers will understandably be relieved about this decision, which has concluded that their actions were absolutely necessary.

“Our thoughts remain with everyone involved.”


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