Croydon shooting LIVE UPDATES – Police officer shot dead inside station after cops failed to spot suspect's gunSeptember 25, 2020
A COP was shot dead inside a South London police station early this morning – after officers failed to find the weapon in a search.
The officer was gunned down by a suspect arrested just minutes earlier.
He was taken to Croydon police station where he pulled out a loaded gun, which hadn't been found in the earlier stop and search.
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SUSPECT IN 'CRITICAL CONDITION'
The suspect in this morning's shooting remains in a critical condition after reportedly shooting himself.
The 23-year-old was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital.
Tributes were paid to the officer this morning.
One Twitter user wrote: “Such sad news about the police officer in Croydon thinking of family and colleagues met police croydon.”
HOW WAS IT MISSED?
Questions will be asked on how the gun was apparently missed when the suspect was initially searched, after being seen acting suspiciously in Croydon town centre.
It remains unclear why the suspect was arrested.
TURNED GUN ON HIMSELF
The gunman then shot the Met officer before shooting himself in the head shortly before 2am.
It is understood the suspect survived and is in hospital, but his condition is unknown.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct was notified and will today begin examining the shocking circumstances of the officer's death.
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