PUBLISHED: 13:32, Fri, Sep 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:42, Fri, Sep 25, 2020
Penny Lancaster, 49, who is married to rock star Sir Rod Stewart, 75 has spoken out after reading the heartbreaking news that a "long-serving" police officer has been shot inside a police station in Croydon today. The Loose Women star expressed her condolences in view of her 107,000 Instagram followers.
One of our police officers has sadly died.
Met Police Twitter
The police officer died after the gunman opened fire at Croydon's custody centre during the early hours.
The 23-year-old suspect is said to be in a critical condition in hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after he was detained.
Metropolitan Police issued a statement following the devastating news on Twitter.
"One of our police officers has sadly died after being shot by a man who was being detained in police custody in early this morning in Croydon," they announced.
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Penny Lancaster speaks out on heartbreaking news (Image: ITV/GETTY)
A long-serving police officer was shot at a police station in Croydon today (Image: Met Police Twitter)
"Officers are in the process of informing members of the officer’s family."
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "This is a truly shocking incident in which one of our colleagues has lost his life in the most tragic circumstances.
"My heart goes out to his family, direct colleagues and friends.'"
Penny, who hopes to join the City of London police this month, said the tragic news was "heartbreaking" on the picture-sharing site.
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