The gunman who shot dead a Met Police custody sergeant in the early hours of this morning was deemed a ‘potential terror threat’. The 23 year old had been referred to the anti-extremism Prevent programme.
The gunman was said to have been about to be assessed and have his temperature and details taken. The new booking rules have been introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The officer was shot at point-blank range. The incident took place at 2.15am this morning after the man was arrested on suspicion of possessing ammunition. Officers and paramedics then treated the officer at the scene. He was taken to hospital where he later died.
The arrested man had been arrested by a special constable with a normal officer on patrol after he was seen behaving suspiciously. He was searched and they allegedly found ammunition on him. He was arrested and taken in a patrol car to the custody centre in Croydon.
The man was put into a holding cell, and the officer who died then opened the door to get his personal details and go through the station’s Covid-19 procedures. The suspect then turned the gun on himself. He was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition.
Scotland Yard have not yet confirmed if he was on the radar of counter-terrorism police following the claims made by BBC News.
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