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Man charged with murder of Met Sgt Matt Ratana

Louis de Zoysa was also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

Homicide detectives investigating the fatal shooting on 25 September 2020 of their colleague Sergeant Matt Ratana have charged Louis de Zoysa, 23, of Park Road, Banstead, Surrey with his murder.

He was also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

Sgt Ratana, 54, was shot inside the custody suite at Croydon police station on 25 September. Louis de Zoysa also suffered a gunshot wound.

Since the incident, de Zoysa has remained in hospital in a stable, non-life threatening condition, with the ‘PACE’ clock paused but under police guard. Investigating officers have been in close liaison with his medical team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) throughout.

In a statement, the Met said: “Recent changes to his condition and a charging decision by the CPS have resulted in de Zoysa being charged with murder and the other offences.”

He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 30 June via video link.

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