Matt Ratana: Louis de Zoysa, 23, charged with shooting 'murder' of cop nine months after suspect suffered brain damage
A SUSPECT has today been charged with the murder of Met Police Sergeant Matt Ratana nine months after he suffered brain damage.
Louis de Zoysa, 23, from Banstead, Surrey was charged with murder, and possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.
Sgt Ratana, 54, had been planning to propose to his partner of six years Su Bushby when he was shot dead on September 25 last year.
The veteran officer – who had served with the Met since 1991 – was the first ever officer to be killed inside a British police station.
He was shot in the chest as a handcuffed suspect was being taken into custody.
De Zoysa was taken to hospital with an alleged gunshot wound following the shooting and was left fighting for his life.
He was treated in hospital for brain damage and had been unfit to be quizzed.
Since the incident, de Zoysa has remained in hospital in a stable, non-life threatening condition, police said,
The PACE clock – the time period within which police can legally detain a suspect – was paused, but he was under police guard, the Met said today.
Police have been in close liaison with de Zoysa's medical team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) throughout.
Recent changes to his condition and a charging decision by the CPS have resulted in de Zoysa being charged with murder and the other offences this afternoon.
He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow via video link.
The Met has updated Matt’s partner and son on today's development, the force said in a statement.
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