Police officer shot dead in Croydon station named as Sgt Matt RatanaSeptember 26, 2020
Sgt Matiu Ratana, known as Matt, was “big in stature, big in heart, friendly, capable, a lovely man and highly respected by his colleagues,” and leaves behind a partner and adult son, Dame Cressida Dick said.
Dame Cressida said he joined the Met in 1991, adding: “He was a talented police officer, captain of his recruits training class.”
She said he first worked in Charing Cross before working in Hillingdon and Hackney. Sgt Matt was originally from New Zealand. He worked as a constable patrolling London’s West End before moving to Hackney, where he was promoted to sergeant.
The 54-year-old officer died in hospital after the gunman, who was being detained for possession of ammunition and class B drugs , allegedly opened fire at Croydon custody centre in south London during the early hours of Friday.
The 23-year-old murder suspect, who is believed to have shot himself, is in a critical condition in hospital.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct, which is investigating due to a member of the public being seriously injured in police custody, said the suspect was in handcuffs when shots were fired.