A woman 'armed with a knife' has been taken to hospital after being shot by police in Liverpool.
Merseyside Police said officers were called to reports of a woman carrying a blade on Cairns Street in Toxteth at 1.50pm.
The woman was shot, suffering an injury to her upper body, and was taken to hospital. Her condition is not yet known.
Dramatic footage shows four officers pin the suspect to the ground and handcuff her as she screams out in pain.
One of the policemen shouts at members of the public to move away from the scene.
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Witness Mohammad Shopon told the Liverpool Echo: 'I was outside my house and I heard like a bang, it sounded like fireworks.
'I walked a little bit further and I saw about seven or eight armed police officers in the street.
'I didn't see what happened but it looks serious. There are lots of rumours going around.'
A police spokesman said: 'Patrols attended the scene and a female was shot by police and suffered an injury to her upper body. The woman has been taken to hospital for treatment.
'An investigation is underway and the area is currently cordoned off. The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.'
The force said officers were still dealing with the incident. Photos showed a number of police cars and an ambulance still at the scene, which is near a primary school.
An ambulance spokesman added: 'We were called to an incident on that street at 2pm.
'We attended with a resource from our hazardous area response team, a rapid response vehicle, ambulance, advanced paramedic and tactical commander.
'We have taken a patient to hospital but I'm afraid it's a police incident so I can't provide any further details.'
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