The local police arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly stabbing dead a 69-year-old British lawmaker in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party at a Methodist Church in Eastern England on Friday.
In the initial police investigation, David Amess, who represents Southend West in Essex, eastern England, was having a constituency meeting inside the church around noontime when the suspect arrived and stabbed him repeatedly.
Alert medical personnel immediately provided medical attention to the elderly official but sadly he expired on the scene.
The police quickly arrested the suspect who was holding a knife before he could escape.
Sources said Amess was first elected to parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood for election in Southend West in 1997.
His website lists his main interests are “animal welfare and pro-life issues.”
The union flags outside parliament and above Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s home in Downing Street were lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron expressed sadness over Amess’ death in a tweet.
“This is the most devastating, horrific & tragic news. David Amess was a kind & thoroughly decent man – and he was the most committed MP you could ever hope to meet. Words cannot adequately express the horror of what has happened today. Right now, my heart goes out to David’s family,” Cameron said.
A deeper investigation of the shocking stabbing incident is now underway.