London police shocked by shooting of officer

London police shocked by shooting of officer
Flowers being laid outside Croydon Custody Centre where a police officer was shot. Source: PA Media
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Daily US Times: A police officer has been shot dead at Croydon Custody Centre in south London, authorities have confirmed.

The male sergeant was shot in the chest when a man, who was being detained, produced a weapon during a search. The suspect then apparently shot himself.

The police officer was treated at the scene overnight but died in hospital. A man, 23, is in a critical condition after being treated for gunshot wounds.

“We are all deeply shocked and very sad,” Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.

The London Met chief said: “I have visited and spoken to our officer’s partner together with other colleagues and we are, of course giving her the best support we can.”

“My heartfelt condolences go to her, to their family, to his colleagues and his close friends.”

A murder investigation is under way after the incident and officers are working at several crime scenes to secure evidence and establish the facts of what happened.

Metropolitan police said early indications are that the suspect shot himself, this has not yet, of course, been established as a fact.

Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, said: “We owe a huge debt to those who risk their own lives to keep us safe.”

“My deepest condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who was killed in Croydon last night,” he said in a post on social media.

The suspect has since been arrested on suspicion of murder. The suspect is believed to have been detained for possessing ammunition.

The dead officer is believed to have been a few weeks away from retirement.

No police firearms were discharged during the incident at about 02:15 BST at the Windmill Road centre, the Met Police said. The officer’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

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