Croydon police shooting LIVE – Suspect named as Louis De Zoysa, 23, in Matt Ratan murder investigation

EXPLOSIONS were heard at one of the four crime scenes searched in connection with the Matt Ratana murder investigation.

Residents of in Banstead, Surrey reported hearing loud bangs on Saturday morning.

Homes near the address on Park Road were woken by noises just after 5.30 am.

The BBC reports people had been informed that a controlled explosion had taken place

Sergeant Matt Ratana, 54, was gunned down by a suspect who was reportedly known to terror cops and had been arrested for carrying ammunition just minutes earlier.

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  • JOHNSON PAYS TRIBUTE TO COPS WHO DIED IN LINE OF DUTY

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid tribute to cops who have died in the line of duty over the years.

    He 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.”

  • WHO IS LOUIS DE ZOYSA?

    Louis De Zoysa, 23, is currently in a critical condition in hospital after allegedly shooting Sgt Matt Ratana at a Croydon police station.

    Reports describe him as a reclusive young man who suffers from autism.

    The De Zoysas are a Roman Catholic married couple with five children.

    Dad Channa De Zoysa, is listed online as a yoga teacher originally from Sri Lanka and once ran a free bike repair workshop in Croydon.

    His wife Elizabeth was born in Croydon runs a translation firm specialising in Dutch to English work and once ran as a local Green Party councillor for the borough.

    His younger brother John is doing a masters degree at Oxford University, where he is head of the Sri Lankan society, The Times reports.

    A childhood friend told The Telegraph: “I knew he was a troubled kid, very awkward, very serious for some reason.”

  • CROYDON COP SHOOTING SUSPECT NAMED

    The Croydon police station shooting suspect has been named as Louis De Zoysa.

    De Zoysa, 23, was the man held in a police station custody suite when one of five shots fired from a smuggled revolver cut down much-loved cop Sgt Matt Ratana.

    The alleged gunman remains critically ill in hospital after the last bullet tore into his own neck in a struggle with the shot cop’s colleagues at Croydon Police Station, South London.

    Police were still probing how the suspect allegedly concealed a revolver in his pants after his stop-and-search arrest for possession of Class B drugs and ammunition.

    And it remained unclear how the suspect managed to draw the hidden weapon and allegedly shot dead 54-year-old Sgt Ratana when his hands had been cuffed behind his back.

    Read more here.

  • RATANA IS 8TH COP TO BE SHOT DEAD IN UK IN 20 YEARS

    Sgt Matt Ratana is the eighth police officer in the UK to be shot dead in the last 20 years and the first to be murdered by a firearm in the line of duty since PCs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, in September 2012.

    The Met sergeant is the 17th from the force to be killed by a firearm since the end of the Second World War, according to the National Police Memorial roll of honour.

    Sgt Ratana, was originally from New Zealand and joined the Met in 1991. He leaves behind a partner and a grown-up son.

  • COPS STUDYING CCTV FOOTAGE

    Cops are carefully studying CCTV footage as well as bodycam video relating to the death of Sgt Matt Ratana.

    Deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy said investigators have CCTV from the custody suite and bodyworn video from the officers.

    Mr Cundy said: “I would reiterate this is a murder investigation  not a counter-terror one.”

    He added: “We have recovered the gun from the custody suite where Matt was shot and that gun is being forensically examined.

    “We also have CCTV from that custody suite which shows the events, and we have body-worn video of our police officers who were involved in the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the suspect.”

    Read more here.

  • SURREY FARMHOUSE RAIDED

    Armed cops raided a farmhouse in Surrey in connection with the shooting of Sgt Matt Ratana yesterday morning.

    Officers are thought to have used explosives to blow off the door of a property at Courtlands Farm near Banstead Wood.

    A neighbour revealed they heard an explosion just before 6am and saw about 20 police cars.

    Cops swooped on four locations linked to the suspect on Saturday, including a house in nearby Norbury.

  • MET POLICE BOSS PAYS TRIBUTE

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has paid tribute to Matt Ratana, saying he was an “extraordinary person”.

    Ms Dick also described him as being “larger than life”.

    London's top cop also laid a wreath to honour the police officers who have lost their lives on National Police Memorial Day.

  • PRINCE CHARLES PAYS TRIBUTE

    Prince Charles has paid tribute to murdered Met officer Matt Ratana.

    Leading tributes to fallen officers on National Police Memorial Day, the prince said they were “losses we can never replace, sacrifices we can never repay”.

    He added: “The dreadful incident in Croydon on Friday is the latest heartbreaking evidence of the risks faced by our officers daily.”

  • MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF SUPPLYING FIREARM

    An alleged gun seller has been arrested as cops launch multiple dawn raids as they probe Sgt Matt Ratana's murder.

    Officers detained the man in Norwich, Norfolk, at about 2am and brought him to a station in south London to be quizzed.

    Forensics are checking the gun, while CCTV and bodycams are also being examined.

  • COUSIN PAYS TRIBUTE

    Sgt Ratana's cousin Adrian Rurawhe, who is an MP in his home country paid tribute to the fallen cop.

    He told Times Radio: “He had a really big personality. You couldn't help but gravitate towards him. He was very engaging and had natural-born leadership skills.”

  • MATT WAS AN ‘INCREDIBLE PERSON’

    Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick laid a wreath at the National Police Memorial.

    She said: “Matt was an extraordinary person

    “(He was) a real larger-than-life character, so many people knew him. He had a wonderful personality and he was very good at his job.”

  • FELLOW RUGBY FAN PC SARAH D'SILVA SAYS MATT WAS 'FANTASTIC MENTOR'

    PC Sarah D'Silva, who plays as a winger for the women's team, laid a signed Metropolitan Police jacket alongside other tributes left to Matt at a memorial today.

    The 26-year-old also works at Croydon Police station and went down to the club for the tribute.

    Speaking about Matt, she said: “He was an absolutely fantastic character, full of life with the biggest smile you've ever seen and a fantastic mentor.

    “I can't put into words how shocked I am, and the colleagues that are beside me in the blue-line family. It's a completely tragic event.”

    “As an officer, we stand with pride and in our uniform and today I stand with pride in my uniform for Sergeant Ratana but I also stand with pride at this club.”

  • RUGBY PLAYERS IN TEARS AT EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL

    Colleagues, pals and rugby teammates have come together to pay tribute to Sergeant Matt Ratana after he was shot dead at the Croydon Custody Centre.

    Matt has been hailed “hero” for many from the force as members of his rugby club saw him as a “father figure”.

    The vice-chairman of East Grinstead Rugby Club Matt Marriott said their former head coach was a “truly remarkable fellow”.

    A moment of silence was held this morning to honour the rugby head coach.

  • COLLEAGUES HONOR MATT WITH FAVOURITE FOOD

  • SGT MATT WAS TOP RUGBY COACH

    Murdered police officer Matt Ratana was thehead coach at East Grinstead Rugby Football Club.

    He also played rugby for London Irish.

  • CONTROLLED EXPLOSIONS AT CRIME SCENE

    Residents living nearby one of the crime scenes investigation in Matt Ratana’s murder investigation were woken by loud bangs early yesterday morning.

    Residents of in Banstead, Surrey reported hearing loud bangs on Saturday morning.

    Homes near the address on Park Road were woken by noises just after 5.30 am.

    The BBC reports people had been informed that a controlled explosion had taken place.

  • MATT RATANA’S KILLING ‘CAUGHT ON CCTV’

    The killing of Met Police officer Matt Ratana was reportedly caught on CCTV.

    Giving an update on the murder investigation on Saturday evening, the Metropolitan Police said bodycam footage was under review.

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said: “At this time the suspect remains in hospital in a critical condition.
 Due to his state we are not yet able to speak to him.”

    He added: “I would like to reiterate that this a murder investigation and not a counter terrorism investigation”

  • WHO WAS SGT MATT RATANA?

    The 54-year-old veteran officer and father of one worked at the Croydon Custody Centre, South London.

    Originally from Palmerston North in New Zealand, he travelled to the UK to start a new life in 1989.

    Her sister Amanda Tessier, a community nurse, told The Sun: “He was a great big friendly bear of a man, one of the loveliest men you could meet.”

    He has one grown-up son aged 26 and a partner, Sue Bushby, he had been with for six years.

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Sgt Ratana was known as a “big guy” with a “big heart”.

  • BACK FROM THE BRINK

    The suspect in Sgt Matt Ratana’s shooting was revived by medics after he died in hospital, it was said last night.

    The 23-year-old was hit by a bullet and is still alive but in critical condition under police guard in hospital.

    Sources say there was “zero chance” he was well enough yesterday to speak to officers keen to find out how he had a gun in the police custody suite in Croydon, South London.

    Cops also remain baffled at how he fired the fatal shot that hit Sgt Ratana with his hands cuffed behind his back.

  • POLICE 'DETERMINED TO FIND JUSTICE' FOR OFFICER KILLED ON DUTY

    Investigators probing the fatal shooting of a police sergeant in a custody suite are working with a “determination to find justice” for their fallen colleague, a top officer has said.

    The suspect in the killing of Sergeant Matiu Ratana at Croydon Custody Centre in south London in the early hours of Friday remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    The 23-year-old, who was handcuffed at the time of the shooting and also shot himself, had still not been spoken to by officers on Saturday evening due to his condition.

    Sgt Ratana, 54, was originally from New Zealand and joined the force in 1991.

    The officer, known as Matt to friends and colleagues, leaves behind a partner and a grown-up son.

  • CHARLES TO LEAD TRIBUTES TO FALLEN OFFICERS ON NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY

    The Prince of Wales will lead tributes to fallen police officers on National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) – two days after the death Sergeant Matt Ratana in Croydon, south London.

    The annual remembrance service, which honours officers who have lost their lives on duty, will be held virtually for the first time in its 17-year history due to restrictions caused by coronavirus.

    It comes following the death of Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was killed by a handcuffed suspect at Croydon Custody Centre in the early hours of Friday.

    Investigations into Sgt Ratana's death are ongoing and tributes have poured in from friends, colleagues and local sports clubs.

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

    Charles will address the nation ahead of the service, which will be led by the National Police Chaplain, Rev Canon David Wilbraham, and will feature pre-recorded messages from families who have lost loved ones.

  • SGT RATANA 'KILLER' REVIVED BY MEDICS AFTER HE 'DIED' IN HOSPITAL

    The suspect in Sgt Matt Ratana’s shooting was tonight said to have died before being revived by medics.

    The 23-year-old was hit by a bullet and remains in critical condition under police guard in hospital.

    Sources say there was “zero chance” he was well enough today to speak to officers keen to find out how he had a gun in the police custody suite in Croydon, South London.

    Read more here.

  • SERGEANT MATT RATANA WAS PLANNING TO PROPOSE TO GIRLFRIEND

    The cop gunned down in a police station was planning to propose to his longtime love, it was revealed yesterday.

    Sgt Matt Ratana, 54, had confided he was about to pop the question to attractive blonde Sue Bushby, 44, after the couple enjoyed “six wonderful years” together.

    The rugby-loving gentle giant was also due to retire within months after 30 years’ devoted public service to spend more time with Sue.

    But a probe was under way last night into how his dream was cut short by a 23-year-old killer who smuggled a pistol inside Croydon Police Station’s custody suite in South London.

    Sue’s mum Penelope Bushby fought back tears yesterday as she told how Matt had been a tower of strength for her daughter after she lost her father Roy earlier this year.

  • CORDON AROUND APARTMENT BLOCK WHERE POLICE ARRESTED KILLER –BUT MISSED HIS GUN

    Police have sealed off a London apartment block where officers arrested the alleged cop killer – but missed his gun.

    The suspect was arrested on suspicion of having ammunition outside Anderson Heights, Norbury, as he walked towards Streatham at about 1.44am on Friday.

    Read more here.

  • CROYDON POLICE OFFICER SHOOTING: HOW THE CONCEALED GUN WAS FIRED

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