Jo Cox MP has died after being shot and stabbed in her constituency of Batley and Spenborough. The Labour MP and mother-of-two was shot once in the head by a man who reportedly shouted “Britain first.”
Ms. Cox, 41, was left bleeding and on the ground. A 77-year-old man was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
An eyewitness said: “Three times she was shot […] then she dropped to the floor. The third time he got close [to] her and shot a round in her head.”
Police were called at 12:53 to a report of an incident on Market Street, Birstall, where “a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries.” A 52-year-old man, names locally as Tommy Mair, was arrested by uniformed officers in Birstall by West Yorkshire Police. A forensic team is at Mr. Mair’s house and weapons have been recovered. Ms. Cox was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary and placed under the protection of armed police. She died just after 5 PM.
Dee Collins, the temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Just before 1 PM today, Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spenborough was attacked and fatally wounded on Market Street Birstall.
“Before going into further detail, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to her family and friends at this tragic time.
“Jo was attacked by a man, who inflicted serious and sadly, ultimately fatal injuries. Subsequently there was a further attack on a 77-year-old man, nearby who has sustained injuries that are non life threatening.
“Shortly afterwards, a man was arrested nearby by uniform police officers. Weapons including a firearm have also been recovered.
“At 1.48pm, Jo Cox was pronounced deceased by a doctor working with a paramedic crew that was attending to her serious injuries.”
Specially trained officers have been sent to help Ms. Cox’s immediate family members.
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson, said: “I have worked closely with Jo since she was elected and I am deeply shocked that such a talented young woman has been senselessly attacked and killed whilst working in her constituency and serving her community.
“This is a truly shocking incident but I want to reassure communities that our information is that this is a localised incident, albeit one that has a much wider impact.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact 101.