The 23 year old suspected killer of Sgt Matt Ratana is fighting for his life in hospital under policy guard. He was revived by medics after dying in hospital.
Meanwhile police are searching his family home. Officers have been at the home of the de Zoysa family since Friday, after the 54-year-old was shot and killed. The property belongs to Channa de Zoysa and his wife Elizabeth, who live there with their sons John and 23-year-old Louis.
A police cordon remained at Anderson Heights, Norbury, yesterday, from where the suspect was taken to the Croydon Custody Centre. He then shot Sergeant Ratana with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Two periods of silence will be held in tribute of Sgt Ratana today, at East Grinstead rugby club, as players and supporters remember him. Sgt Ratana was head coach at the club and was hugely popular. He was described by his friend and club vice-chair Matt Marriott as a ‘father figure’ to many of the players.
Mr Marriott told BBC Breakfast: ‘I’ve actually never met anybody quite like Matt, he must have been an incredible policeman. His attention to detail and his strive for perfection, his work ethic, just blew all of us away.’
He added: ‘He wasn’t just a coach to the players. He was a role model, a mentor, and often actually a father figure. We’re going to mourn him as a family member. He’s left a big hole, to be honest.’
Mr Marriott said due to the ‘enormous’ interest they were holding two periods of silence, one for younger members and their parents at 9.45am and another at 11am.
He said people will be coming ‘from all over the country, I believe, to pay their respects’.
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