Police have named the officer killed at Croydon police station as Matiu Ratana.
The 54-year-old officer, referred to as Matt, had served with the Metropolitan police for just about 30 years, in line with his social media pages.
The Metropolitan police commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, mentioned he used to be a “much-loved” officer.
She mentioned he used to be referred to as a “giant man” with a “giant middle”. She mentioned: “A fantastic guy, revered through his colleagues, officials, group of workers and naturally through contributors of the general public, together with, I would possibly say, suspects arrested or handled in custody.”
She mentioned he leaves a spouse and an grownup son from a prior courting.
Ratana studied the city making plans at Massey College within the town of Palmerston North, on New Zealand’s North Island and attended highschool in the similar town.
In addition to serving as a police officer, Ratana used to be the pinnacle trainer for East Grinstead Rugby FC. In a promotional video at the membership’s website online, Ratana explains that “having in the past competed at a countrywide degree, considered one of our targets is to go back to the London Leagues”.
Ratana used to be described as “an inspiration” through a pal who knew him from taking part in rugby in combination.
The 27-year-old, who would most effective give his identify as Paul, mentioned: “All of us regarded to him – at the box or off the rugby box, he all the time discovered a approach to gee us up. Shedding this is giant.
“The person used to be a gadget. He went from coaching with us closing evening to return to his shift paintings right here in Croydon. He would do this week in and week out. He purchased into the entire circle of relatives surroundings that we had on the membership.
“A couple of of my teammates (on listening to about his demise) are simply now not positive the best way to take it.”
The buddy, who mentioned the officer used to be taking a look ahead to retirement, added: “I feel he earned his stripes, when you inquire from me.”