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UK PM Johnson Offers Condolences to Family of Officer Who Was Shot Dead at London Police Station

© REUTERS / HANNAH MCKAYOfficer stands guard outside Croydon police station
Officer stands guard outside Croydon police station - Sputnik International
According to police, a 23-year-old man was detained at the scene and was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and is in a critical condition.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered his condolences to the family of a police officer who was fatally shot at a police station in South London.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was shocked by the killing: "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".

London police earlier announced that an officer was shot by a man who was being detained at a custody centre in Croydon, South London. The officer was taken to hospital where he succumed to his wounds.

"This is a truly shocking incident in which one of our colleagues has lost his life in the most tragic circumstances," London police chief Cressida Dick said.

​The perpetrator was detained at the scene and was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound. He is in a critical condition.

However, police clarified that law enforcement officers did not open fire. It is believed that the man turned the gun on himself. A murder investigation is currently underway, police have said in a statement.

"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," the London police chief added.
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