Officer shot dead at Croydon police station

Saturday, 26 Sep, 2020

The number of Met Police officers suffering "serious" injuries after being assaulted increased by 95% over the first three months of lockdown, compared with the same period in 2019, the PA news agency found.

London police earlier announced that an officer was shot by a man who was being detained at a custody centre in Croydon, South London.

Hertfordshire chief constable Charlie Hall has extended his condolences to colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service following the tragic death of an officer in Croydon earlier today, Friday September 25.

Shots were then fired, leaving the police officer dead and the suspect in critical condition in hospital with a gunshot wound.

The man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The broadcaster reports since the beginning of the 20th century, only 73 police officers have been shot and killed by criminals in Britain, excluding all deaths in Northern Ireland. The 23-year-old suspect had been arrested moments prior to the shooting, reportedly for possession of ammunition after he was seen acting suspiciously in Croydon town center.

An investigation has since been launched into his murder.

London's Met Police said that no police firearms were discharged during the incident.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, "My heart goes out to the family of this courageous officer, who has paid the ultimate price for helping to keep Londoners safe".

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was "shocked and saddened" by the news.

"Tragic incidents like this are awful reminders of the dangers our police officers face every single day they go to work to keep Londoners safe", he said.

"A 23-year-old man was detained by officers at the scene".

Friends, family, workmates, and members of the public are all paying tribute to an expat New Zealander who was shot while on duty in a south London police station.

The firearm was a non-police issue revolver.

Dick said the officer's partner had been visited by her and other colleagues and was receiving "the best support" they could offer.

Community police officer Jacqueline Kufuor told PA "Sgt Ratana was a lovely guy" and "the nicest man I have ever met".

"While Sergeant Ratana spent most of his career in the United Kingdom, anyone who serves here will always be a part of our New Zealand Police whānau".

"As a colleague, he was big in stature and big-hearted, a friendly, capable police officer".