WEST MIDS POLICE - A man killed his sister and critically injured his mother in a knife attack at a Wolverhampton flat before turning the knife on himself, West Midlands Police can confirm.
Police were called to a high-rise block in Leasowes Drive, in the Merry Hill area of the city, at around 9.45am Weds 8 March following reports a knifeman had attacked two women in a property.
Officers stormed the first floor apartment, in Highfield Court, and used stun grenades to distract the attacker and detain him.
A woman aged 33 was found with fatal stab wounds and pronounced dead at the scene, while the 36-year-old attacker – the woman’s brother – is understood to have turned the knife on himself and also died a short time later.
Their 59-year-old mother was taken to hospital with serious stab wounds to her abdomen; she has undergone surgery but remains in a critical condition.
One officer suffered a minor knife injury to his arm, while another suffered a leg injury sustained during the operation.
Wolverhampton Police Superintendent Keith Fraser, said: “Our officers knew there was an armed man behind the front door of that flat; they acted swiftly and with huge courage to quickly gain entry and later detain the man.
“Local officers, response colleagues and firearms officers were all involved in the operation.
“This is a truly shocking incident and our sympathies go out to the friends and family of those involved.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the incident after being notified by West Midlands Police.
Post mortem examinations are scheduled for tomorrow.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Warren Hines, added: “We’re working hard to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. Anyone with information they believe could help our enquiry, anything that may have happened in the hours or days before this tragic event, I’d urge them to get in touch with me.”
Anyone with information can call DI Warren Hines via the 101 number.