A Metropolitan Police sergeant was shot dead early in the morning at a police station by a suspect who had the gun pointed at himself but is still alive.
The sergeant was shot dead at 2:15 this morning by the man who was allegedly detained at the Croydon Detention Center in south London for possession of ammunition.
Officials and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service treated the unnamed officer on site before he was taken to hospital, where he later died.
The sergeant is the tenth police officer killed on duty in the past decade. The last one was Andrew Harper in Berkshire in August 2019.
It is believed to be the first time since September 2012 that a British police officer was shot on duty when Dale Cregan killed PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.
Detectives said a 23-year-old man was arrested by officers at the scene and taken to hospital with a gunshot wound, where he is in critical condition.
The man was arrested at Croydon Detention Center in South London (pictured today).
Scotland Yard said no police rifles had been fired and they informed the officer's relatives and assisted them with special officers.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “This is a really shocking incident in which one of our colleagues lost his life in the most tragic of circumstances. My heart goes out to his family, direct colleagues and friends.
“We currently support his family and have a dedicated team that supports the officers and those at the detention center who witnessed the shooting.
“When a colleague dies in the ministry, the shock wave and sadness reverberate throughout the Met and our communities.
Home Secretary Priti Patel released the above statement after the sergeant's death
“The police are a family in London and nationally and we will all deeply mourn our colleague.
Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured in London on Tuesday) said she was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the shooting
"We are in the early stages of the investigation and are still working to determine the circumstances of the incident. We will provide further updates as soon as we have them."
Scotland Yard said it had referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which would conduct an independent investigation.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn that a metropolitan police officer was shot dead while on duty.
“I think today of his family, friends and police colleagues in London and across the country.
“This morning I spoke with the City Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, to express my condolences and offer the assistance necessary to investigate this tragic event.
"This is a sad day for our country and another terrifying reminder of how our cops put themselves in danger every day to protect the rest of us."
It is believed to be the first time since September 2012 that a police officer was shot on duty when Dale Cregan killed PCs Fiona Bone (left) and Nicola Hughes (right).
Former Metropolitan Police Officer Dal Babu told LBC Radio, “A full body search would be expected to take place at the time of arrest.
How the Custody Sergeant is the tenth police officer killed on duty in the past decade
The sergeant is the tenth police officer killed on duty in the past decade. The other nine are as follows:
- Andrew Harper, 28, Thames Valley Police – Killed on August 15, 2019 after being pulled by a vehicle while investigating a burglary report
- Gareth Browning, 36, Thames Valley Police – Died April 1, 2017 after being hit by a suspicious vehicle while using a stinger in 2013
- Keith Palmer, 48, Metropolitan Police – Stabbed to death on March 22, 2017 in the attack on Westminster Bridge
- David Phillips, 34, Merseyside Police – Run over by police officers on October 5, 2015 during a chase
- Andrew Duncan, 47, Metropolitan Police – Run over by a suspect on September 22, 2013
- Adele Cashman, 30, Metropolitan Police – Collapsed on November 5, 2012 while chasing down robbery suspects
- Fiona bones, 32 and Nicola Hughes 23, Greater Manchester Police – Shot dead on September 18, 2012
- Ian Dibell, 41, Essex Police – Shot dead on July 9, 2012 while confronting an armed man
“Once they're at the police station, you can do a more thorough search. The detective can authorize a strip search and then you may find other weapons on people.
For security reasons, it is recommended that officers conduct the search at the time of arrest.
"The officers have to travel significant distances to get prisoners into detention suites."
Steve Reed, Labor MP for Croydon North, said his thoughts were with the officer's family and colleagues.
He tweeted: "We all in Croydon are in shock at this heartbreaking tragic news."
And union leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “It's horrible to hear that a police officer was shot dead in Croydon.
“Our police put themselves in danger every day to protect us. All of my thoughts go with the officer's family, friends, and colleagues. & # 39;
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Devastated by this news. My heart goes out to the family of this brave officer who paid the highest price for keeping Londoners safe.
Tragic incidents like this are a terrible reminder of the dangers our police officers face every day. & # 39;
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 2:16 this morning to report an incident on Windmill Lane in Croydon.
“We sent two rescue workers, an operations manager, an advanced paramedic and two paramedics into cars. We have also deployed a London Air Ambulance trauma team.
& # 39; The first of our medics was on site in less than four minutes. We treated two people on site and took them both on the street to a large trauma center. & # 39;
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