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Man held on suspicion of supplying firearm over police officer shooting

Written by on 27/09/2020

A man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a firearm following the fatal shooting of a police officer in a custody suite.

Sergeant Matt Ratana died in hospital after being shot at Croydon Custody Centre in south London in the early hours of Friday.

The arrest took place in Norwich around 2am this morning and the suspect is currently being detained at a south London police station.

Matt Ratana was a custody sergeant in Croydon
Image: Tributes have been paid to the sergeant and rugby coach

Meanwhile, the suspect for the shooting remains in a critical condition in hospital and officers investigating the murder say they have not yet been able to speak to him.

Sgt Ratana, 54, was allegedly attacked by a man who had been handcuffed who investigators say then shot himself.

Friends and teammates of the officer, who was a popular head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club, have gathered in tribute to him.

There were two periods of silence – for junior and senior members – and the club flag was flown alongside the New Zealand flag and the All Blacks rugby team flag to honour Sgt Ratana’s roots.

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There was also a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Police Memorial in central London, attended by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Dame Cressida described him as an “extraordinary person”, adding: “He had a wonderful personality and he was very good at his job.”

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick lays a wreath at the National Police Memorial in London to mark National Police Memorial Day
Image: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick laid a wreath to mark National Police Memorial Day
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan (not pictured) attend the National Police Memorial in London to mark National Police Memorial Day.
Image: Dame Cressida Dick with Home Secretary Priti Patel

She said Sgt Ratana’s death brings home the challenges of police work.

She said: “If some good can come out of this terrible incident… it would be that more people can understand a little bit about the challenges of police work.

“And to see us police as who we are – human beings, going to work to help people, to support people and to protect people.

“Matt was the epitome of that.”

 Sky News

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