Man arrested in Sergeant Matt Ratana murder inquiry

A man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the murder of a Metropolitan Police sergeant, as tributes were paid to the "extraordinary" officer.

Sergeant Matt Ratana was shot by a handcuffed suspect in the early hours of Friday at a custody suite in Croydon.

A man was arrested at around 2am of Sunday in Norwich, Norfolk, on suspicion of supplying a firearm.

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Players and club officials observe a minute's silence at East Grinstead rugby club, to pay their respects to slain police officer Sergeant Matt Ratana who was the head coach at the club. in Kent, England, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Ratana was shot inside a London police station by a suspect who was being detained. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Players and club officials following a minute's silence at East Grinstead rugby club, Kent, to pay their respects to police officer Sergeant Matt Ratana who was the head coach at the club.
Forensic officers outside an address in an area of London Road, Pollards Hill as police are �painstakingly� searching four crime scenes in connection with the killing of Sergeant Matiu Ratana, while the suspect � who was handcuffed at the time of the shooting � remains in a critical condition.
Polce officers stand beside the pitch ahead of a minute's silence in memory of Sgt Matt Ratana, a policeman killed in Croydon yesterday, before the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park in south London on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Justin Setterfield / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by JUSTIN SETTERFIELD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
CROYDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Tributes to Sergeant Matiu Ratana are seen outside Croydon Custody Centre on September 27, 2020 in Croydon, England. Metropolitan Police Custody sergeant Matiu Ratana, 54, was shot dead in the early hours of Friday 25 September At Croydon Custody Suite. A handcuffed man being checked in by Sgt Ratana opened fire before turning the weapon on himself. Sgt Ratana died later in hospital. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
CROYDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Tributes to Sergeant Matiu Ratana are seen outside Croydon Custody Centre on September 27, 2020 in Croydon, England. Metropolitan Police Custody sergeant Matiu Ratana, 54, was shot dead in the early hours of Friday 25 September At Croydon Custody Suite. A handcuffed man being checked in by Sgt Ratana opened fire before turning the weapon on himself. Sgt Ratana died later in hospital. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
CROYDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Police officers leave tributes to Sergeant Matiu Ratana outside Croydon Custody Centre on September 27, 2020 in Croydon, England. Metropolitan Police Custody sergeant Matiu Ratana, 54, was shot dead in the early hours of Friday 25 September At Croydon Custody Suite. A handcuffed man being checked in by Sgt Ratana opened fire before turning the weapon on himself. Sgt Ratana died later in hospital. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
Forensic officers outside an address in an area of London Road, Pollards Hill as police are �painstakingly� searching four crime scenes in connection with the killing of Sergeant Matiu Ratana, while the suspect � who was handcuffed at the time of the shooting � remains in a critical condition.
Players observe a minute's silence before kick-off in memory of Sgt Matt Ratana, a policeman killed in Croydon yesterday, before the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park in south London on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Clive Rose / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CLIVE ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A police officer stands outside Croydon Custody Centre where a police officer was shot in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Croydon, England. A British police officer has been shot dead inside a London police station while detaining a suspect. London’s Metropolitan Police force said the officer was shot at the Croydon Custody Center in the south of the city early Friday. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
A floral tribute left outside Croydon Custody Centre where a police officer was shot in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Croydon, England. A British police officer has been shot dead inside a London police station while detaining a suspect. London’s Metropolitan Police force said the officer was shot at the Croydon Custody Center in the south of the city early Friday. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
A view of Croydon Custody Centre where a police officer was shot in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Croydon, England. A British police officer has been shot dead inside a London police station while detaining a suspect. London’s Metropolitan Police force said the officer was shot at the Croydon Custody Center in the south of the city early Friday. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
Forensic officers at the scene, at Croydon Custody Centre where a police officer was shot in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Croydon, England. A British police officer has been shot dead inside a London police station while detaining a suspect. London’s Metropolitan Police force said the officer was shot at the Croydon Custody Center in the south of the city early Friday. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
A police officer beside flowers left outside Croydon Custody Centre in south London where a police officer was shot by a man who was being detained in the early hours of Friday morning. The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
Police tape cordon inside Croydon Custody Centre in south London where a police officer was shot by a man who was being detained in the early hours of Friday morning. The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
Police officer outside Croydon Custody Centre in south London where a police officer was shot by a man who was being detained in the early hours of Friday morning. The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
Croydon Custody Centre in south London where a police officer was shot by a man who was being detained in the early hours of Friday morning. The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: A police officer stands guard at Croydon Custody Centre on September 25, 2020 in the Croydon area of London, England. A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a police officer at the Croydon Custody Centre in south London. He was shot by a 23-year-old man who was also treated for a gunshot wound. The officer died later in hospital. The death will be investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Police officers outside Croydon Custody Centre on September 25, 2020 in the Croydon area of London, England. A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a police officer at the Croydon Custody Centre in south London. He was shot by a 23-year-old man who was also treated for a gunshot wound. The officer died later in hospital. The death will be investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A police officer walks inside the Croydon Custody Centre in south London on September 25, 2020, following the shooting of a British police officer by a 23-year-old man being detained at the centre. - A British police officer was shot dead in the early hours of Friday morning, Scotland Yard said, the first officer to be killed by gunfire while on duty in over eight years. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
People carry flowers to Croydon Custody Centre in south London where a police officer was shot by a man who was being detained in the early hours of Friday morning. The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
A police officer carries flowers to Croydon Custody Centre in south London where a police officer was shot by a man who was being detained in the early hours of Friday morning. The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
Police officers leave flowers outside Croydon Custody Centre in south London where a police officer was shot by a man who was being detained in the early hours of Friday morning. The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he subsequently died.
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The suspect for the shooting remains in a critical condition in hospital and police said they have not yet been able to speak to him.

It comes as Sgt Ratana, 54, was remembered by friends and teammates at East Grinstead Rugby Club where he was head coach.

Also on Sunday Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick paid tribute to him as an "extraordinary person" who was "very good at his job".

She spoke after a morning wreath-laying at the National Police Memorial in central London, which was also attended by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Home Secretary Priti Patel to mark National Police Memorial Day.

Dame Cressida said Sgt Ratana's death might give people an insight into the dangers and risks officers face.

She said: "If some good can come out of this terrible incident in which we have had one of our officers murdered, 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."

Sgt Ratana, was originally from New Zealand and joined the Met in 1991. He leaves behind a partner and a grown-up son.

In East Grinstead, the club flag was flown alongside the New Zealand flag and an All Blacks rugby team flag to honour Sgt Ratana's roots.

Tributes were laid outside the clubhouse and two periods of silence – for junior and senior club members – were held in memory of a man described by assistant head coach Ryan Morlen as an "irreplaceable figure".

Silences were held at East Grinstead Rugby Club where Sergeant Matt Ratana was head coach (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Silences were held at East Grinstead Rugby Club where Sergeant Matt Ratana was head coach (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Pc Sarah D'Silva, a player with the club's women's team and also an officer at Croydon police station, laid a signed Metropolitan Police jacket alongside the other tributes.

The 26-year-old told the PA news agency: "I can't put into words how shocked I am and also the colleagues that are beside me in the blue-line family. It's a completely tragic event."

Searches in Pollards Hill, Norbury, where the suspect was initially arrested by officers for possession of ammunition and possession of class B drugs on Friday, have finished, police said.

Other searches are taking place at an address on Southbrook Road, also in Norbury, and at a second address on Park Road, Banstead in Surrey, as well as forensic examinations on the custody suite where the incident unfolded in Croydon Custody Centre at about 2.15am on Friday.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which attended the scene after the shooting, said the murder suspect had been taken into the building and sat in a holding area in the custody suite, then opened fire while still in handcuffs as officers prepared to search him with a metal detector.

He had earlier been arrested following a stop and search, then handcuffed behind his back before being taken to the station in a police vehicle.

No police firearms were fired in the incident, and the case is not being treated as terror-related.

Sgt Ratana is the eighth police officer in the UK to be shot dead in the last 20 years and the first to be murdered by a firearm in the line of duty since Pcs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, in September 2012.

The Met sergeant is the 17th from the force to be killed by a firearm since the end of the Second World War, according to the National Police Memorial roll of honour.

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