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UK Police Officer Shot Dead at Custody Center in South London

LONDON—A British police officer was shot dead in the early hours of Friday by a man who was being held at a custody center in south London.

Police said the incident occurred at about 2.15 a.m while the man was being detained at the Croydon Custody Center where arrested suspects are processed. The unnamed officer was treated at the scene and taken to hospital where he died.

Policemen gather outside the custody centre
Policemen gather outside the custody centre
Policemen gather outside the custody center where a British police officer has been shot dead in Croydon, south London, on Sept. 25, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)

A 23-year-old man was detained at the scene of the shooting and was taken to hospital having also suffered a gunshot wound. He is in a critical condition.

Officers did not open fire and the BBC said it was believed the man had turned the gun on himself. A murder investigation is under way, police added.

Forensic specialists are seen at the custody centre
Forensic specialists are seen at the custody centre
Forensic specialists are seen at the custody center where a British police officer has been shot dead in Croydon, south London, on Sept. 25, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)
A forensic specialist is seen at the custody centre
A forensic specialist is seen at the custody centre
A forensic specialist is seen at the custody center where a British police officer has been shot dead in Croydon, south London, on Sept. 25, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)

“My deepest condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who was killed in Croydon last night,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“We owe a huge debt to those who risk their own lives to keep us safe.”

London police chief Cressida Dick, who described the incident as “truly shocking”, said the investigation was in the early stages and police were still trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Britains interior minister, Priti Patel, said she was shocked and saddened by the killing.

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