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Man suspected of shooting dead police officer in custody suite is named

Written by on 27 September 2020

The man suspected of shooting dead Sergeant Matt Ratana in a south London custody suite is 23-year-old Louis De Zoysa, Sky News has confirmed.

The suspect, who remains in hospital in a critical condition and has therefore not been spoken to by detectives, is from Norbury, south London.

Sgt Ratana, 54, was allegedly attacked by the man, who was handcuffed and who investigators say then shot himself. No police weapons were fired and the case is not being treated as terror-related.

PM and Prince Charles honour fallen police

Another man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a firearm following the killing of Sgt Ratana, who died in hospital in the early hours of Friday.

Sgt Ratana was originally from Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island, but had served in the Metropolitan Police for much of his career.

He is the eighth officer in the UK to be shot dead in the last 20 years.

Friends and teammates of the officer, who was a popular head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club, gathered in tribute to the “irreplaceable” and “incredibly generous” man.

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His cousin Adrian Rurawhe described him as an “awesome person” who “loved being a police officer”.

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‘He was an incredibly generous man’

Boris Johnson also paid tribute to officers who had died in the line of duty and who “represent the very best of us”.

The prime minister said: “They laid down their lives to prevent us from coming to harm and we owe them a huge debt.

“The dedication and selflessness that they showed in serving their communities will never be forgotten.”

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan (not pictured) attend the National Police Memorial in London to mark National Police Memorial Day.
The National Police Memorial in London was held in tribute

Earlier, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Home Secretary Priti Patel laid wreaths at the National Police Memorial in central London as part of the commemorations.

All three stood for a minute’s silence to remember officers who had been killed while on duty.