Croydon police shooting: Death of officer Matt Ratana captured on CCTV, Scotland Yard reveals

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Special investigators are carefully reviewing video footage, which will be considered alongside the accounts of those present.

Four addresses are being searched by detectives investigating the fatal shooting of a police officer in a custody suite in London.

Metropolitan Police sergeant Matiu Ratana, 54, was killed in the early hours of Friday when a handcuffed gunman opened fire before turning the weapon on himself.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said the 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death at Croydon Custody Centre remained in critical condition in hospital.


                              Croydon police shooting: Death of officer Matt Ratana captured on CCTV, Scotland Yard reveals

“Due to his state, we are not yet able to speak to him,” he said during a news briefing at Scotland Yard.

He said the gun used in the killing had been recovered from the custody suite.


                              Croydon police shooting: Death of officer Matt Ratana captured on CCTV, Scotland Yard reveals

“We also have the CCTV from that custody suite, which shows the events” he said.

“And we have body-worn video of our police officers who were involved in the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the suspect.

“Our special investigators are carefully reviewing all of that footage, which will be considered alongside the accounts of the officers.”


                              Croydon police shooting: Death of officer Matt Ratana captured on CCTV, Scotland Yard reveals

The four locations being searched are:

    The custody centre where the shooting occurredAn area of London Road in Pollards Hill, south London, where the suspect was initially arrestedAn address in Southbrook Road, NorburyAn address in Park Road, Banstead, Surrey

Enquiries at these locations include “rigorous forensic searches which are expected to take days to complete”, police have said.

Sky News reporter Sadiya Chowdhury was told by a neighbour of the property raided in Norbury that police conducted a raid on Saturday morning and that they had been “coming and going all day”.

The family had lived in the house “for a long time”, the neighbour said, adding that the family was “alright” and had never been in trouble.

In Banstead, a neighbour said police raided a house in the early hours of Saturday morning, and some residents nearby reported hearing a loud bang.

One person said it sounded like a gunshot but others thought it was a bomb or explosion.

The property had been empty for “some time”, according to another neighbour.


                              Croydon police shooting: Death of officer Matt Ratana captured on CCTV, Scotland Yard reveals

Sgt Ratana, who died in hospital, has been described as “big in stature, big in heart, friendly, capable, a lovely man and highly respected by his colleagues”.

Friends say he was looking forward to imminent retirement, which he would have become eligible for in two months.

No police firearms were fired and the case is not being treated as terror-related.

A murder inquiry was launched by the Metropolitan Police, and the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog also began an investigation.


                              Croydon police shooting: Death of officer Matt Ratana captured on CCTV, Scotland Yard reveals

Prior to the shooting, the suspect had been arrested by regular officers following a stop and search, then handcuffed behind his back before being taken to the station in a police vehicle.

Sgt Ratana leaves behind a partner and adult son.

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