A British police officer was shot dead at a police station in London early Friday while detaining a suspect who also received a gunshot wound.
The forces of the capital’s police in London announced that the policeman was shot at the Croydon Custody Center in the southern part of the city shortly after 2 o’clock in the morning. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The detained 23-year-old man is in critical condition in hospital.
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The forces said no police weapons were fired.
It is rare for police officers to be shot and killed in Britain, which has strict firearms laws.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other senior politicians expressed shock at the death on Friday.
“We owe a huge debt to those who risk their own lives to keep us safe,” Johnson said.
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “My heart is focused on the family of this brave officer who has paid the highest price for helping to keep Londoners safe.”
“When a colleague dies in the line of duty, shock and sadness echo throughout Matt and our communities,” said Cressida Dick, a police commissioner. “The police are a family, both in London and nationally, and we will all grieve deeply for our colleague.”
Forces are launching a murder investigation, and independent police oversight is also investigating.
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The last London police officer killed in the line of duty was Constable Keith Palmer, who was stabbed to death in March 2017 during a vehicle and knife attack in front of Parliament.