Man arrested over the murder of Sgt Matt Ratana

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana.

Nov 13, 2020
By Tony Thompson
Sergeant Matiu Ratana

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer was shot dead at the Croydon Custody Centre on Friday September 25.

A 23-year-old man, who had been arrested for a separate offence, was detained by officers at the Custody Centre and then taken by ambulance to hospital with a gunshot wound.

No police firearms were discharged during the incident.

A statement issued by the MPS said: “The man’s condition, originally critical, has since stabilised and is no longer considered life-threatening. Therefore, on Friday, November 13, he was considered fit to be arrested on suspicion of murder.

“However, as the man remains in hospital, officers will liaise with the relevant medical and legal teams to make an assessment of when he will be fit for interview.”

Specialist family liaison officers from the MPS Specialist Crime Command are in regular contact with and supporting Sgt Ratana’s partner, his son and wider family. They have been informed of the arrest.

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