A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a police officer in Croydon.
At 02.15am today ( Friday 25 Sept) the officer, a sergeant, was shot by a man who was being detained at Croydon Custody Centre in Windmill Road.
Officers and paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service but tragically he subsequently died at hospital.
Police officers are in the process of informing all of the officer’s family and are supporting them with specialist officers.
A 23-year-old man was detained by officers at the scene. He was also taken to hospital with a gunshot wound after turning the gun on himself and remains in a critical condition.
No police firearms were discharged during the incident.
Met 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.
“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.”
The Met has referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who will lead an independent investigation. The MPS retain primacy of the murder investigation.
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, friend and policing colleagues in London and across the country.
“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.”