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Police officer shot dead inside custody centre in south London


A police officer has been shot dead inside a custody centre in south London.

The Metropolitan Police say a 23-year-old man was detained at the scene at Croydon custody centre, and was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.

The male officer was shot at 2.15am on Friday by a man who had already been arrested.

In a statement, the Met said the officer was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service, but later died.

No police firearms were discharged, according to the police.


Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "This is a truly shocking incident in which one of our colleagues has lost his life in the most tragic circumstances. My heart goes out to his family, direct colleagues and friends."

Mark White, Sky's Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White said: "No police firearms were discharged, during the incident so police firearms officers were not involved in the first instance.

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"The inference being really that the man now being treated in hospital is the main suspect involved in this incident."

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn that a Metropolitan Police Officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty.

"My thoughts today are with his family, friends and policing colleagues in London and across the country."

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "I am devastated by the news a Metropolitan Police officer has lost his life.

"I was informed of this tragic incident by the Commissioner this morning, and my heart goes out to the family of this brave officer, who has paid the ultimate price for helping to keep Londoners safe.

"My thoughts are also with his loved ones, friends and the entire Metropolitan Police family, who I know will be deeply mourning their colleague at this extremely difficult time.

"Tragic incidents like this are terrible reminders of the dangers our police officers face every single day they go into work to keep Londoners safe.

"They are the very best of us, and I remain in close contact with the Commissioner to offer her and the Met my ongoing support."

Labour leader Keir Starmer is sending his thoughts to the family of the officer.

Horrific to hear of a police officer being shot and killed in Croydon.

Our police put themselves in harm's way every day to keep us safe.

All my thoughts are with the officers family, friends and colleagues.

— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) September 25, 2020

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