The Metropolitan police have this morning announced that one of their police officers has sadly died after being shot by a man who was being detained in police custody in early this morning in Croydon.
Officers are in the process of informing members of the officer’s family.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has commented:
“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.”
Priti Patel, Home Secretary:
“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.”
Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South:
“I am devastated by news a Police Officer was shot and killed in Croydon today, in the line of duty. Our Police protect us all and need our full support.
“This Officer made ultimate sacrifice; my thoughts are with bereaved family members. A man is in custody and justice will be done.”
Cllr Jason Perry, Leader of the Opposition on Croydon Council:
“It is with great sadness that we hear the tragic news of the shooting of a serving Police Officer in the early hours of this morning, whilst serving our community.
“It is a stark reminder of the huge risks that our brave Police Officers take every time they put on their uniforms.
“We are grateful to all our uniformed officers for their service, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues during this very sad time.”
Cllr Andy Stranack, Opposition spokesman for Crime:
“This is clearly a sad and shocking day for Croydon.
“Croydon stands behind the brave men and women in the emergency services who put their lives on the line every day to protect Croydon’s residents. Our prayers are with the Officers family and friends at this time.”
Shaun Bailey, Candidate for Mayor of London:
“This is devastating news. A police officer in Croydon shot and killed by a suspect.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family at this terrible time.
“It’s a reminder of the bravery of our police, who face these dangers every day but still turn up and keep us safe.”
Neil Garratt, GLA Candidate for Croydon and Sutton:
“Terrible news this morning, a police officer in Croydon shot and killed in the line of duty.
My thoughts are with the officer's family, friends, and colleagues as we're reminded once again of the risk police take to keep us all safe.”