Police officer shot dead in Croydon custody center by detained man

A police officer trying to detain a suspect has been shot dead in in south London.

The male officer was shot five times when a man, who was being detained, produced a weapon during a search. The suspect then turned the gun on himself

The Met Police officer was treated by officers and paramedics at Croydon Custody Centre in Windmill Lane, south London around 2.15am on Friday morning, September 25.

He was then rushed to hospital, where he was tragically pronounced dead.

A 23-year-old man was detained by officers and also taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.

He remains in a critical condition.

No police firearms were discharged during the incident.

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.

“We are currently supporting his family and also have a dedicated team providing support to the officers and those in the custody centre who witnessed the shooting.

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“When a colleague dies in the line of duty the shockwaves and sadness reverberates throughout the Met and our communities. Policing is a family, within London and nationally, and we will all deeply mourn our colleague.

“We are in the early stages of the investigation and are still working to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and we will provide further updates when we have them.”

Officials are in the process of informing the officer’s family.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute: “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 added: “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.

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“This morning I spoke to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to express my condolences and to offer whatever support is needed as this tragic event is investigated.

“This is a sad day for our country and another terrible reminder of how our police officers put themselves in danger each and every day to keep the rest of us safe.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Devastated by this news. My heart goes out to the family of this brave officer, who has paid the ultimate price for helping to keep Londoners safe. Tragic incidents like this are terrible reminders of the dangers our police officers face every single day.”

In a statement issued on Twitter, the Met Police Federation, which represents 30,000 of London’s police officers, said: “This is completely devastating news.

“Our thoughts are with our colleague’s family, friends and close colleagues at this awful time, We are offering our officers our support.”

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “The murder of a colleague on duty is utterly devastating news. Officers across London are in shock and sick to their stomachs at the nature of his death.

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“All our thoughts – and that of all our members – are with his family, friends and close colleagues at this time. We and all members of the police family across the country are all utterly heartbroken at this news.

“Officers put themselves in danger every day to protect the public. Sadly, on very rare occasions officers make the ultimate sacrifice whilst fulfilling their role. When that happens we will ensure their bravery and sacrifice is never forgotten.

“Colleagues involved in the incident will have our full support for as long as is needed.”

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones said: “Absolutely shocking news. I am speaking to the police on the details of this awful incident. My thoughts are with the family and colleagues of the officer killed.”