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Croydon shooting: PC Harper’s widow ‘utterly devastated’ as another police officer dies on duty after call to change law

PC Harper’s grieving widow said she is "utterly devastated" as another police officer died on duty today.

Lissie Harper asked "what is happening with the world?" after calling for those who kill emergency workers to be jailed for life.

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The Metropolitan Police confirmed a murder investigation has been launched, to which Lissie wrote on Facebook: "Utterly Devastating!"

She then shared another tribute to the sergeant, writing: "What is happening with the world?"

The Met officer was shot dead as he took a suspect's temperature while carrying out a Covid assessment.

The handcuffed suspect - arrested on suspicion of possessing ammunition - managed to pull a gun from his trousers at Croydon custody centre and shot the veteran cop in the chest before shooting himself.

The injured officer's colleagues and medics treated the officer at Croydon Custody Centre, before he was rushed to hospital and died.

And it comes one year after Lissie Harper's husband was tragically killed on the job.

'ANOTHER HERO TAKEN'

Lissie said in a statement today: "This is devastating news. No person should go to work never to return. No human being should be stripped of their life in a barbaric act of crime.

"Another hero has been taken from us in unwarranted violence.

"They protect us but who protects them? Another life is gone in a disgraceful act that reminds us of the danger our police officers face with every shift they begin.

"My heart is broken for yet another member of our blue line family, and all of his family, friends and colleagues who must now accept a life without him in it.

"My thoughts and love are resolutely with them."

PC Harper, 28, was dragged for more than a mile behind three travellers’ car after getting entangled in a tow rope trying to stop a theft near Reading in August of 2019.

All three of his killers were spared life sentences, leading Lissie to launch her campaign for justice.

She is now calling for a change in the law - Harper's Law -which would mean those who kill emergency workers are jailed for life.

Lissie said: "Society must offer the greatest protection for those dedicated public servants who are killed protecting it.

"That is what Harper’s Law would provide. An appropriate deterrent and suitable punishment.

“The law must be changed. We want to work with the Government, politicians of all parties and the fantastic British public on this.”

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