The Metropolitan Police have opened a homicide investigation after a police officer was shot dead in a detention center in Croydon, south London.
According to the Metropolitan Police, a 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene at the Croydon Custody Center.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “At around 2:15 am on Friday 25 September, the officer was shot dead by a man detained at Croydon Custody Center on Windmill Lane.
“Officials and paramedics treated him on the spot and he was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service. Very tragically, he subsequently died in hospital.
“We are in the process of informing the official’s entire family and supporting them with specialist officials.
“A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene by officers. He was also hospitalized with a gunshot wound and remains in critical condition.
“No police weapons were fired during the incident.”
City Police 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 also have a dedicated team that supports the officers and those at the detention center who witnessed the shooting.
“When a colleague dies on duty, the shock wave and sadness reverberates throughout the Met and our communities. Policing is a family in 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 determine the circumstances of the incident. We will provide further updates as soon as we have them.”