Man charged with murder over Croydon police officer shooting

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Sgt Matt Ratana, who was shot dead at Croydon custody centre last year.

Louis de Zoysa, 23, was charged with the killing on Tuesday, having been in hospital with a “stable, non-life threatening condition” under police guard since the incident on 25 September 2020.

The Metropolitan police said investigators had been in “close liaison” with De Zoysa’s medical condition and the Crown Prosecution Service since the killing.

De Zoysa, of Banstead, Surrey, will appear at Westminster magistrates court on Wednesday.

The defendant is due to appear via videolink.

The Met said that recent changes to De Zoysa’s medical condition had led to the decision to charge him and with murder, as well as possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

The force said the victim’s partner and son have been updated with the latest developments to the case.

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