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LONDON OFFICER SHOT DEAD WHILE DETAINING SUSPECT AT STATION

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A British police officer was shot dead inside a London police station early Friday by a suspect he was detained, who then appears to have turned the gun on himself.

London’s Metropolitan Police force said the officer was shot at the Croydon Custody Center in the south of the city just after he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The 23-year-old man being detained is in critical condition in a hospital with a gunshot wound.

The force said no police weapons were fired.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said “early indications are that the suspect shot himself.

Dick said the dead officer, whose name was not immediately released, was a long-serving sergeant in the force.

The force has launched a murder inquiry and the independent police watchdog is also investigating.