British politician Jo Cox has died after being stabbed and shot Thursday, Dee Collins, Temporary Chief Constable West Yorkshire Police told reporters.
Cox, a rising star of the opposition Labour Party, was attacked after a meeting with her constituency in Birstall, West Yorkshire, the office of fellow Labour MP John Mann said Thursday.
A 52-year-old man was arrested close to the scene of the attack in Birstall, near Leeds in northern England, shortly afterward, said Dee Collins, Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.
Weapons, including a firearm, were recovered, she said.
At 1:48 p.m. local time, less than an hour after the attack, the 41-year-old politician was pronounced dead by a doctor working with a paramedic crew.
Police have not commented on the circumstances surrounding the attack and a motive wasn’t immediately clear.
Cox’s husband, Brendan Cox, tweeted a picture of her standing in front of a boat on the River Thames. According to her website, Cox lives on a boat on the Thames during her time in London.
She is the first British lawmaker to be killed in office since Conservative MP Ian Gow was assassinated by the IRA in 1990.