A man shot himself in the early hours of Friday after shooting a police sergeant inside a police station in south London.
The man who had been brought into the Croydon custody centre gunned down the officer in the late hours and then shot himself at about 2.15 am. The ambulance services immediately attended to the officer at the scene in Windmill Road.
A while later the police sergeant died after being rushed to the hospital by the London Ambulance Service.
“At approximately 02:15 on Friday 25 September the officer was shot by a man who was being detained at Croydon custody centre in Windmill Lane,” Scotland Yard said.
“Officers and paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken to hospital by London ambulance service. Very tragically he subsequently died at hospital. We 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 and remains in a critical condition.No police firearms were discharged during the incident.”
Police officers are rarely shot in the UK because the country has strict firearms laws. A separate investigation will be launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct to establish the events which led to the death of the officer.
A number of government officials including the prime minister have paid tributes to the officer and sent their condolences to the family, friends and relatives of the deceased.
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.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 25, 2020
In a tweet, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “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
The home secretary, Priti Patel and the mayor of London expressed their shock of the incident and paid tribute to the officer saying that it reflects the risk officers expose themselves to every day and pay the “ultimate price” just to keep Londoners safe.
My statement on the tragic incident in Croydon. pic.twitter.com/5FdDhCNCPt
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) September 25, 2020
In a statement on Twitter, the Labour leader, Keir Starmer said: “Horrific to hear of a police officer being shot and killed in Croydon. Our police put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep us safe. All my thoughts are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Investigations are underway as it is still unclear why the detainee shot the officer and killed himself.