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Met police officer found shot dead identified

The view east from below the Connaught Bridge of the London City Airport
Image caption PC Cornelius worked for SO18 Aviation Security Command based at London City Airport

A Metropolitan Police officer found shot dead at North Woolwich Police Station in east London has been officially identified.

Kenny Cornelius, 38, was a PC with the armed operational command unit at London City Airport, the force said.

He was found dead on Sunday after reporting for duty.

The Directorate of Professional Standards is investigating but indications are that PC Cornelius took his own life, the Met said.

'Deeply shocked'

His colleagues had administered first aid but were unable to save him.

A post-mortem examination held on Tuesday gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Walthamstow Coroner's Court.

A report is being prepared for the coroner by officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards.

Ch Supt Bert Moore said: "My priorities now are to look after the welfare of Kenny's wife and family and his colleagues at London City Airport.

"Despite our experience as police officers, the death of a colleague is one of the most difficult issues we deal with and, when it happens in such circumstances, it brings with it its own particular emotions.

"We are all deeply shocked and saddened by Kenny's death."

He praised colleagues from across the force for assisting in "very difficult circumstances".

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