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UK po­lice of­fi­cer shot dead on duty, Scot­land Yard in­ves­ti­gates

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>>LONDON: A Bri­tish po­lice of­fi­cer was shot dead in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing, Scot­land Yard said, the first of­fi­cer to be killed by gun­fire while on duty in over eight years.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the shoot­ing of Matt Ratana, 54, al­legedly by a 23-year-old man be­ing de­tained at Croy­don Cus­tody Cen­tre in south London.

The sus­pect was taken to hos­pi­tal with a gun­shot wound and re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, the force said, but added that no po­lice firearms were dis­charged dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice did not say how the sus­pect was in­jured, though London’s Evening Stan­dard news­pa­per re­ported that he shot him­self.

Bri­tish po­lice are not rou­tinely armed, although forces have tac­ti­cal firearms units to re­spond quickly to in­ci­dents. Deaths in ser­vice are also rare.

Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son of­fered his “deep­est con­do­lences” to the vic­tim’s fam­ily, writ­ing on Twit­ter that “we owe a huge debt to those who risk their own lives to keep us safe”.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick called it “a truly shock­ing in­ci­dent”.

“My heart goes out to his fam­ily, di­rect col­leagues and friends,” she said.

“When a col­league dies in the line of duty the shock­waves and sad­ness re­ver­ber­ates through­out the Met and our com­mu­ni­ties. We will all deeply mourn our col­league.”

Polic­ing min­is­ter Kit Malthouse told par­lia­ment: “We ask our po­lice of­fi­cers to do an ex­tra­or­di­nary job.

“The fact that one of them has fallen in the line of per­form­ing that duty is a tragedy for the en­tire na­tion.”

Fiona Bone and Ni­cola Hughes were the last Bri­tish po­lice of­fi­cers to be shot dead in the line of duty, when they were am­bushed in a gun and grenade at­tack in Septem­ber 2012. They were killed by drug dealer Dale Cre­gan in Manch­ester, north­west Eng­land.

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Ratana: Death a ‘tragedy for na­tion’

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