Suspect, 23, who was fighting for his life in hospital is arrested on suspicion of murdering Sgt Matt Ratana, 54, inside police station after his condition improves
- Man, 23, has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana
- Sgt Ratana was shot at Croydon Custody Centre in early hours on September 25
- Met Police confirmed suspect’s condition, originally critical, had since stabilised
A 23-year-old man has today been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana.
The 54-year-old Metropolitan Police officer was fatally shot at Croydon Custody Centre in South London in the early hours of September 25 as he prepared to search a handcuffed suspect.
He was taken to hospital but later died from his wounds.
A 23-year-old, who had been arrested earlier in the evening for a separate offence and was being detained at the centre in south London, also suffered a gunshot injury and was taken to hospital in critical condition.
The Met Police confirmed his condition has since stabilised and is ‘no longer considered life-threatening’.
Police today arrested him on suspicion of murder.
Sgt Ratana was shot at Croydon Custody Centre in the early hours on September 25, and later died in hospital
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, the Met Police said.
Officers and paramedics treated Sgt Ratana at the scene and he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service, but he died at hospital.
Specialist family liaison officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are in regular contact with and supporting Matt’s partner, his son and wider family. They have been informed of today’s arrest.
Last month, an inquest into Sgt Ratana’s death opened at Croydon Coroner’s Court.
The inquest heard Mr Ratana was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting but he was pronounced dead at 4.20am.
No members of Mr Ratana’s family, including his partner Su Bushby, were present for the hearing, although Mr Ratana’s son in Australia was among those listening in remotely.
Sarah Ormond-Walshe, senior coroner for south London, adjourned the hearing until a further date.