The incident took place early Friday morning at the Croydon Custody Center in south London, the city’s Metropolitan Police Service said.
According to a police statement, a fellow officer and a paramedic officer appeared at the scene. However, he later died of his injuries at the hospital.
A 23-year-old man has been taken into custody from the scene, police said. He is in critical condition after being shot. The Metropolitan Police Service has launched an investigation into the murder.
The fatal shooting of a police officer is a rare occurrence in the United Kingdom, where police do not regularly pick up guns.
A police statement said no police fire was fired during the incident.
“This is a truly shocking incident in which one of our comrades lost his life in a very tragic situation. My heart goes out to his family, direct colleagues and friends,” said Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has said that the country is heavily indebted to police officers who risk their lives to protect their lives.
“My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who was killed in Croydon last night,” he said on Twitter. He said on Twitter. “We owe a huge debt to those who risk their lives to keep us safe.”
UK Home Secretary Preeti Patel said she was “shocked and saddened” by the news. “My thoughts today are with his family, friends, and police officers in London and across the country,” he said in a statement.
Patel said he had offered condolences to Dick and the shooting was investigated, so he offered whatever help was needed.
“This is a tragic day for our country and another horrible reminder of how our police officers put themselves in danger every day to keep everyone else safe,” he said.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “devastated” by the shooting.
“My heart goes out to the family of this brave officer who has paid the ultimate price of helping keep Londoners safe. Such tragic events remind our police officers of the dangers that come every day,” Khan said on Twitter. They do. “
“My thoughts are also with the entire Metropolitan Police family, whom I know will be deeply saddened by the loss of their colleague during this very difficult time. Close contact. “