Armed police were seen at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) this evening.
A member of the public said that they had gone to deliver something to a patient at the LRI but were turned away by officers guarding a cordon close to the old A&E entrance.
The witness said that “it looked serious” after they were turned away at around 8pm.
Leicestershire Police have now confirmed that the armed police presence at the hospital is being linked with an incident that took place in Earl Shilton this evening.
A spokeswoman from the force confirmed that one man is currently in hospital with “life-threatening” injuries.
Police statement in full
The full statement from the force says: “Shortly after 7pm today (11 July) police received a number of calls after four men with knives had entered a public house in Wood Street, Earl Shilton.
“Officers quickly attended the scene but the men had already left in a vehicle.
“Following subsequent enquiries it is believed the group had entered the premises, threatened one of the occupants inside before a fight had occurred.
“At around 7.45pm firearms officers located the men believed to match the description of those involved at the Leicester Royal infirmary.
“Three men aged 25, 31 and 32 have been arrested on suspicion of affray.
“One man is currently in hospital in a life-threatening condition.
“Two other men injured in the incident were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
“Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
“A scene preservation was in place at the premises in Earl Shilton while officers carried out their enquiries. It has since been removed.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 503 of 11 July.