The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday at Croydon Custody Center in south London, the city’s Metropolitan Police Service said.
According to a police statement, fellow officers and paramedics treated the officer on the spot. However, he later died from his injuries in the hospital.
A 23-year-old man was arrested on the spot, police said. He is in the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound. The Metropolitan Police Service has launched a murder investigation.
The fatal shooting of a police officer is an unusual occurrence in the UK, where police do not routinely carry weapons.
No police firearms were unloaded during the incident, the police statement said.
“This is a truly shocking incident in which one of our colleagues lost his life under the most tragic circumstances. My heart goes out to his family, direct colleagues and friends,”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country owes a “huge debt” to police officers who risk their lives to keep the community safe.
“My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who was killed in Croydon last night,” he said on Twitter. “We owe a huge debt to those who risk their lives to keep us safe.”
British Interior Minister Priti Patel said she was “shocked and saddened” by the news. “My thoughts today are with his family, friends and police colleagues in London and across the country,” he said in a statement.
Patel said he offered his condolences to Dick and offered all necessary support during the investigation into the shooting.
“This is a sad day for our country and another terrible reminder of how our police officers put themselves in danger every day to keep the rest of us 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 paid the highest price for helping to keep Londoners safe. Tragic incidents like this are terrible reminders of the dangers our police officers face every single day.” Khan said on Twitter.
“My thoughts also go to the entire Metropolitan Police family, who I know will mourn their colleague deeply at this extremely difficult time. I remain in close contact with the Commissioner to offer my support to you and our officers and staff at the Met. “.