Matiu Ratana

Died =>25 September 2020

Force => Metropolitan Police

Rank =>Police Sergeant

Age =>54

Cause =>Homicide - Shot

Duty Status =>On Duty

On the morning of 25 September 2020, a 23-year-old man was arrested for drugs offences and possession of ammunition and taken to the Croydon Custody Centre. Approaching the suspect to carry-out a temperature check for COVID-19 infection and search him, Sgt Ratana was shot in the chest.


He was taken to hospital, where he died from gunshot wounds.


Sgt Ratana was later awarded BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 Unsung Hero award.

Roll of Honour Citation

On duty in the custody centre at Croydon he was shot by a prisoner who had been brought in having been searched.