THE suspect in Sgt Matt Ratana’s shooting was tonight said to have died before being revived by medics.
The 23-year-old was hit by a bullet and remains in critical condition under police guard in hospital.
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Sources say there was “zero chance” he was well enough today to speak to officers keen to find out how he had a gun in the police custody suite.
Cops also remain baffled at how he fired the fatal shot with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Sources suggest the gun’s barrel may have been concealed in an intimate place inside his pants.
The suspect is said to be autistic and of Sri Lankan heritage.
Cops today swooped on four locations linked to him including a house in Norbury, South London.
The home belongs to Channa de Zoysa and wife Elizabeth, who live there with their five kids, including son Louis, 23.
One neighbour said the 23-year-old was “very awkward and kept himself to himself”.
"The police have been outside the address since yesterday morning," another neighbour told MailOnline.
"All we know is that it's connected to the incident in Croydon."
Forensics are checking the gun, while CCTV and bodycams are also being examined.
Traumatised cops who survived the shooting will be quizzed once mentally fit.
Investigators were also looking into possible motives of the suspect – but cops have insisted it is not a terror probe.
Police searches are taking place at four locations – the custody suite, the site where he was arrested, and two addresses including the one pictured.
He was referred to the Prevent anti-terror scheme in 2018 over alleged Islamist and right-wing views.
Deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy said investigators have CCTV from the custody suite and bodyworn video from the officers.
Mr Cundy said: “I would reiterate this is a murder investigation not a counter-terror one.”
He added: "We have recovered the gun from the custody suite where Matt was shot and that gun is being forensically examined.
"We also have CCTV from that custody suite which shows the events, and we have body-worn video of our police officers who were involved in the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the suspect."
Police said forensic searches at all four locations will be "rigorous" and are expected to take days to be completed.
Mr Cundy said Friday was a "dark and sad day for the police family" and offered his thoughts to Sgt Ratana's partner, family and colleagues.
He added: "Everyone working on this investigation, from the forensic specialists to the local officers holding the cordons, does so with a heavy heart but a determination to find justice for our colleague and his family."
Officers killed in the line of duty since 2000:
Detective Constable Stephen Oake died during a police raid on a flat in Crumpsall, Manchester, in January 2003.
Pc Ian Broadhurst, 34, of West Yorkshire Police, was murdered by David Bieber, 38, in Leeds on Boxing Day 2003.
Detective Constable Michael Swindells, 44, died after he was knifed in the stomach as he and colleagues conducted a search in Birmingham in May 2004.
Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was shot dead when she and a colleague tried to stop armed robbers in Bradford in November 2005.
Pc Ricky Gray was shot in the head by a gunman who then turned the weapon on himself in Shrewsbury in 2007.
Pc Gary Toms, 37, was critically injured confronting suspects in Leyton, east London, on April 11 2009. He died six days later when his life support machine was switched off, 25 years to the day after Pc Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan embassy in London while controlling a crowd of demonstrators.
Pc Fiona Bone, 32, and Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, were murdered by Dale Cregan in Greater Manchester in September 2012.
Pc Keith Palmer, who was fatally stabbed in March 2017 by Khalid Masood during the Westminster Bridge terror attack.
Pc Andrew Harper died when he was caught in a tow rope and dragged along country lanes after trying to stop quad bike thieves in Berkshire in August 2019.
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