A woman in her 30s has died after being stabbed at a block of flats in Wolverhampton in what police have called a domestic incident.
The woman died at the scene and the suspected attacker, a man in his 30s, died shortly after stabbing himself.
A woman in her 50s was being treated for potentially life-threatening stab wounds to her stomach, West Midlands police said.
Armed police and air ambulances were dispatched to Leasowes Drive, in the Merry Hill area of the city, on Wednesday morning. Officers there used stun grenades as they stormed the flat in a bid to distract and detain the knifeman, the force said.
Two officers were injured at the scene, police said, including one who was stabbed in the arm and another who received a leg injury when being chased by the suspect. Both suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
Addressing reporters outside the block of flats, Chief Supt Keith Fraser, of West Midlands Police, said: “I want to stress that the man was armed so we had to act quickly and officers did that.
“It’s a really shocking incident and our sympathy goes out to friends and families of those involved.”
Fraser said he believed the suspect and victims were related but added that it was too early to confirm how they were related.
The Midlands air ambulances from Cosford, Strensham and Staffordshire were sent to the scene along with three more ambulances, three paramedics and the West Midlands care team doctor.
The death, which happened on International Women’s Day, will underline the issue of male violence against women.
A West Midlands ambulance service (WMAS) spokesman said: “A man and woman estimated to be in their 30s had suffered very serious stab wounds. Sadly, despite best efforts by ambulance staff, it was not possible to save either of them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.
“Another woman was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth hospital Birmingham with potentially life-threatening stab wounds.
“A police officer who was sent to the scene suffered a minor injury. He was assessed by ambulance staff and was discharged after treatment.”
Nearby St Michael’s school was placed on lockdown but later reopened. Residents in neighbouring flats were ordered to leave their properties.