Police Officer Stabbed After Car Plows Into Pedestrians Outside U.K. Parliament In Possible ‘Terrorist Incident’: Reports

A man has been shot by police after attempting to gain entry to the U.K. Parliament and attacking police officers with a knife, according to multiple news reports. Authorities said that they are currently treating the situation in London as a “terrorist incident.”

Witnesses told the U.K.’s The Telegraph that a car crashed into the fence on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, hitting several pedestrians, and photographs show several bloodied people on the ground.

Parliament House Commons Leader David Lidington said that a “police officer has been stabbed” and the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police,” according to the BBC .

U.K. authorities are on the scene outside of Parliament in response to what they have called a “firearms incident,” the Metropolitan police said in a statement posted to Twitter . The Metropolitan police added in a second statement , “Officers – including firearms officers – are on scene and dealing with the incident in #Westminster.”

“Avoid Parliament Sq, Whitehall, Westminster & Lambeth Bridge, Victoria St up to junction with Broadway & Victoria Embankment/tube #London,” police said. They added, “Incident in #Westminster: We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.”

Avoid Parliament Sq, Whitehall, Westminster & Lambeth Bridge, Victoria St up to junction with Broadway & Victoria Embankment/tube #London

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

Incident in #Westminster : We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

Eyewitness Kevin Schofield told the BBC that he was first alerted to the incident when he “heard a long bang outside – like a car crash.”

“I looked out of the window and it was pretty chaotic. There were people running around, there was shouting,” said Schofield. “I looked down to my left at Old Palace Yard, which is normally blocked of by armed police, and I saw a man sort of forcing his way through. One police officer went down under his attack and another police officer came to his aid. That’s when the assailant got up with his arm outstretched.”

He continued, “He had something in his hand… He then walked towards the policeman. I couldn’t quite see what happened. The next thing I heard – within 10 seconds – was the sound of gunfire and that was obviously when we realized that something very, very serious had happened.”

Parliament is reportedly on lockdown, and the Westminster underground station has been temporarily shut down, according to transit authorities .

Prime Minister Theresa May was reportedly ushered into a silver Jaguar car amid the commotion, reported ITV .

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that U.S. President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident.

Wednesday is also the one-year anniversary of the bombings in Brussels .

This is a breaking story, please check back for updates.

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