Man arrested on suspicion of murdering police sergeant

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana.

Sgt Ratana was shot at Croydon Custody Centre in south London in the early hours of September 25.

He was taken to hospital but later died from his wounds.

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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 Metropolitan Police said that a 23-year-old man, who had been arrested for a separate offence, was detained by officers at the centre in Windmill Road and taken by ambulance to hospital with a gunshot wound.

The force did not name the suspect, but he is widely reported to be Louis De Zoysa.

No police firearms were discharged during the incident, the force said.

The 23-year-old's condition, originally critical, has since "stabilised" and is "no longer considered life-threatening", the force added in a statement.

Police said the man was considered fit to be arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday.

The man remains in hospital and officers will liaise with medical and legal teams in assessing when he will be fit for interview, police said.

Specialist family liaison officers are supporting Sgt Ratana's partner, son and wider family, who have been informed of the arrest.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "Matt's loss hit the Met and the wider world everywhere very hard.

"He was a great officer with wonderful qualities and so many people have been impacted by his loss and will miss him a lot.

"You are aware a person was arrested for other offences before that, and after Matt was killed that person went to hospital.

"They have been very unwell but their condition has now stabilised and improved sufficiently for us to be able to arrest him for murder today.

"So, a 23-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of Matt Ratana.

"It's an important milestone and hopefully it brings some tiny comfort to Matt's partner Su, Matt's wider family and everyone who has been affected.

"The investigation is moving on into a dreadful, dreadful homicide."

An inquest opened at Croydon Coroner's Court last month heard that Sgt Ratana had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died at St George's Hospital in Tooting.

Dame Cressida was among those paying tribute to the New Zealand-born officer at a funeral held at a chapel in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, last week.

Previous tributes to Sgt Ratana following his death remembered the police officer of almost 30 years as a "gentle giant" and "irreplaceable figure" who was part of the "police family".

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