Metropolitan Police Sargeant Matt Ratana’s suspected killer is reported to have been hospitalised, having contracted Covid.
Sgt Ratana, a much-loved and hugely respected veteran police officer, was shot dead in Croydon in September 2020.
Suspect Louis De Zoysa is said to be ‘seriously ill’ with the virus, as per the Sun.
De Zoysa, of Norbury, South London, was left partially paralysed since the shooting after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound while struggling with police.
He was critically ill for weeks at St George’s hospital in Tooting and has remained in hospital under guard ever since.
The Sun reports the Met Police confirmed the suspect is in hospital, but they have not named Zoysa as the man being held.
They said officers are liaising over “when he will be fit for interview.”
During an inquest into the tragic death of Sgt Ratana, Det Supt Nick Blackburn said:
“The custody sergeant, Matt Ratana, entered the holding room as part of his duties when the suspect produced a firearm and discharged the weapon several times, during which both Police Sergeant Ratana and the suspect were injured.
“Police and paramedics treated him at the scene, and he was taken to hospital by the London ambulance service. Tragically, Police Sergeant Ratana’s life was pronounced extinct at 4:10am on Friday 25 September 2020.”
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