A man has been arrested and taken to hospital with a gun-shot wound after a police officer was shot dead inside a custody centre in South London.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed a 23-year-old man was detained at the scene at Croydon custody centre and was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.
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.
Sadly the police office was married with children and was tragically shot dead at 2.15am on Friday by a man who has 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.”
“He’d been stopped and searched by two special police constables.
“I understand that they found some ammunition – maybe only one bit of ammunition on him – so that was enough to arrest him.
“He was then put into a police car, or more likely a police van with a cage for prisoners.
“But for some reason, I’m told he wasn’t hand-cuffed.
“He was brought here to Croydon, and at around two o’clock this morning, he was taken into the custody suite and put into a holding cell which is normal procedure.
“At one point, the officer who died, opened the door to the cell to do two things.
“To get personal details of the suspect, but also to go through some COVID-19 procedures, which are mandatory for anybody who’s brought into the custody suite.
“And it was at that point that the weapon was produced by the suspect and fired at the officer.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a statement, saying: “My deepest condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who was killed in Croydon last night.
“We owe a huge debt to those who risk their own lives to keep us safe.”
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.”
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.”
One officer has posted on Twitter saying that he responded to “the worst possible radio transmission”.