Croydon police officer shot dead 'weeks before retirement' is named

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Croydon police officer shot dead 'weeks before retirement' is named

A London official who was shot dead in a police station was named Matiu Ratana, known as Matt.

The New Zealand sergeant was described by his grieving colleagues as a “big, friendly bear”, reported The mirror.

Tragically, the 54-year-old was killed a few weeks before retiring after 30 years of service.

Sgt Ratana, who had been a member of the Metropolitan Police since 1991, was also a rugby coach at East Grinstead RFC.

He was shot dead in Croydon Custody Center at 2:15 p.m. today (Friday 25 September) and pronounced dead a short time later.

Colleagues called him “brave and committed” and Commissioner Cressida Dick described him as a “popular colleague”.

Sgt Ratana is believed to have been shot while searching a suspect with a metal detector, according to a statement from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

A murder probe was launched.

An investigation is ongoing to find out how the weapon used in the killing got into the detention suite in the first place.

According to the Mirror, The respected policeman had also been a protection officer for Princess Diana, the Queen Mother, and former Prime Minister John Major.

We reported earlier today how a number of police colleagues have changed their social media profile pictures to black with a blue line as a sign of respect for Sgt Ratana.

Sergeant Ratana is reportedly the tenth police officer killed on duty in the UK in the past decade.

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