The officer was shot by a man who was being detained at the Croydon Custody Centre in Windmill Lane at about 2.15am on Friday morning. Officers and paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service. But the officer later died in hospital.
The Met Police have launched a murder investigation.
The officer who died was a long-serving officer and was approaching retirement.
The 23-year-old suspect was detained by officers at the scene.
He is believed to have been booked in for possession of ammunition at around 2am.
Croydon shooting: A police officer has been shot dead at Croydon Police Station
Croydon shooting: A close up picture from the scene
The suspect was also taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and remains in a critical condition, the Met said.
He is understood to have turned the gun on himself after shooting the officer.
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 centre who witnessed the shooting.
Croydon shooting: Forensic investigators are currently at the scene
Croydon shooting: Flowers have been laid outside the police station
“When a colleague dies in the line of duty the shockwaves and sadness reverberates 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.”
Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, said his thoughts were with the officer’s family and colleagues.
He tweeted: “All of us in Croydon are in shock at this heartbreaking tragic news.”
Croydon shooting: Police have launched a murder investigation
Croydon shooting: A general view of the custody centre where a police officer has been shot dead
A Met statement added: “We are in the process of informing all of the officer’s family and are supporting them with specialist officers.
“No police firearms were discharged during the incident.”
The Met said the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who will lead an independent investigation.
They said the MPS retain primacy of the murder investigation.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent his best wishes to the family of the officer who was shot, he 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 safe.”
Croydon shooting: Priti Patel said she is ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ of the news
Home Secretary Priti Patel has also responded to the news, she said in a statement: “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.”
Croydon shooting: Keir Starmer has given a statement on the incident
Labour leader Keir Starmer also responded to the tragic incident
He wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner also said: “Sending my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the @metpoliceuk police officer tragically killed in the line of duty today. Every day our brave police officers put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep us safe.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also paid tribute to the officer.
Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed