Cop Shot Dead By Gunman Inside London Police Station
Detective killed in shooting at Croydon custody center on Friday morning
A detective has been shot and killed by a gunman inside a London, UK, police station on Friday morning, according to reports.
The unnamed Metropolitan Police custody sergeant was murdered at the Croydon custody center in the early hours of today by a suspect who turned the gun on himself but is still alive.
The cop was shot at 2.15 am this morning by the man who was being detained for alleged possession of ammunition at the police station in South London.
London Ambulance Service paramedics and fellow police treated the officer at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The slaying is the UK's tenth police officer to have been killed in the line of duty in the past decade.
The last cop killed was Andrew Harper in Berkshire in August 2019.
Today's incident marks the first time a UK police officer has been shot dead on duty since September 2012 when Dale Cregan killed PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, according to The Daily Mail.
Detectives said a 23-year-old man was arrested by officers at the scene and taken to hospital with a gunshot wound, where he remains in a critical condition.
Scotland Yard said no police firearms were discharged, and they were informing the officer's relatives and supporting them with specialist officers.
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 center who witnessed the shooting.
"When a colleague dies in the line of duty the shockwaves and sadness reverberate 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."
Scotland Yard said it had referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) which will lead an independent 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, friends, 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."
Former Metropolitan Police officer Dal Babu told LBC Radio: "A full body search, you'd expect that to take place at the time of the arrest.
"Then, once they're in the police station, you might do a more thorough search, the custody officer may authorize a strip search, and that's when you may find other weapons on individuals.
"For safety purposes, officers are advised to carry out the search at the time of the arrest.
"Officers are having to travel some significant distances to take prisoners to custody suites."
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 2.16 am this morning to reports of an incident on Windmill Lane, Croydon.
"We sent two ambulance crews, an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic, and two medics in cars.
"We also dispatched a London's Air Ambulance trauma team.
"The first of our medics were at the scene in under four minutes.
"We treated two people at the scene and took them both by road to a major trauma center."