A man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying firearms after a police officer fatally shot him in a custody suite.
Sergeant Matt Ratana Died at the hospital After being shot at the Croydon Custody Center Friday morning in south London.
The arrest was made in Norwich around 10am on Sunday and the suspect is currently being held at a police station in south London.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man is in critical condition at the hospital with gunshot wounds, and officials investigating the alleged murder say they have not yet been able to speak to him.
The man who attacked SGT Ratana, 45, and his investigators said he then attacked himself after shooting himself.
No police firearms were fired and the case is not being considered terrorism-related.
Friends and colleagues of the officer, who was the popular head coach of the East Greenstead Rugby Club, gathered to pay their respects.
For junior and senior members – there were two stops and the club’s flag was hoisted alongside the flag of New Zealand and the flag of the All Blacks rugby team to honor the roots of SGT Ratna.
Ryan Morlen, the club’s assistant head coach, said the news of his death “would take time to process”.
He said: “It’s really tough to lose Matt, he’s an unchanging personality. Here at the club, from juniors to seniors to the women’s team, they are going to miss Matt very much.
“As a community, he brought a lot of things together. Matt. I talked to Matt every day … and there are thousands of people out there who really wanted him.”
Elsewhere, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, Home Secretary Preeti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan attended a wreath-laying ceremony on National Police Memorial Day.
Speaking at the National Police Memorial in central London, Dame Cressida described Sergeant Ratan as an “extraordinary person”: “He had a great personality and he was very good at his job.”
He said his death brought a challenge to police work.
He said: “If something good can come out of this horrific incident … then more people can understand some of the challenges of policing.
“And see the police as we are – as human beings, to help people, to support the people and to protect the people.
“Matt was his genius.”
On saturday Four locations were searched by officers Sergeant Ratana’s death is under investigation:
- In the custody of the center where the shooting took place
- An area of London Road in Pollards Hill, south London, where the suspect was initially arrested for the shooting.
- An address on Southbrook Road in Northbury
- Park Road in Surrey, an address in Bansteed
Police on Sunday said a search and forensic examination at the Pollards Hill scene had been completed.
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