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Sergeant Matt Ratana Murder: Police Arrest Man On Suspicion Of Supplying Firearm

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying firearms, one of which was the gun that killed a sergeant in Croydon.

The 23-year-old suspect who shot sergeant Matt Ratana remains in hospital in a critical condition, making it impossible to question him.

A second man was arrested in the early hours of Sunday 27 September in Northwich and currently in custody at a south London police station.

He was arrested approximately 02:00hrs as part of the investigation into the murder of sergeant Matt Ratana.

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan police commissioner said on National Police Memorial Day that it was “her sad duty” to confirm the death of Matiu (Matt) Ratana, 54, who had spent nearly 30 years working in the force.

The Met commissioner said, “As a colleague, he was big in stature and big-hearted, a friendly, capable police officer. A lovely man, highly respected by officers and staff, and by the public, including suspects he arrested or dealt with in custody.”

Sergeant Matt was originally from Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand before he moved to the UK where he joined the Met in 1991.

He served in various roles in the West End, Westminster and Hackney before he got transferred to Croydon in 2015.

Ratana was shot dead on Friday by a suspect, 23, who was handcuffed behind his back but managed to use a revolver gun, which the officers failed to detect during a body search, to shoot the officer before shooting himself.

The officer died but the suspect survived and is now “in a critical condition”, Commissioner Dick said in an update on Saturday.

Dick added: “The safety of my officers is a top priority and very close to my heart. We are a large, professional, resilient, and very experienced police service.

“As we mourn the loss of a much-loved colleague, senselessly killed, be under no illusion that our resolve to protect the public and to tackle violent crime – whoever may be responsible for it – will be undiminished.”

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