LONDON — A London police officer on Friday morning was shot dead inside a police station, London Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Police detained a 23-year-old man at the scene. He was also taken to hospital with a gunshot wound. The police said that no police firearms were fired during the incident.

A murder investigation has been launched.

At 2.15 a.m., an officer was shot by a man who was already arrested and being detained at a custody center in Croydon, a neighborhood in south London, police said. The officer was treated at the scene and later died at a hospital.

“This is a truly shocking incident in which one of our colleagues has lost his life in the most tragic circumstances,” Cressida Dick, London Metropolitan Police commissioner, said in a statement. “My heart goes out to his family, direct colleagues and friends.

“When a colleague dies in the line of duty the shock waves and sadness reverberates throughout the Met and our communities. Policing is a family, within London and nationally, and we will all deeply mourn our colleague.

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