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UK News Man quizzed in officer murder probe as shooting suspect remains critically ill

12:30  28 september  2020
12:30  28 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A man is being questioned by police investigating the murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana, while the suspect in the shooting remains in a critical condition. The 54-year-old policeman was shot by a handcuffed suspect in the early hours of Friday at a custody suite in Croydon.

Louis De Zoysa remains critically ill in hospital after the fatal shooting of Sgt Matiu Ratana. The suspect in the murder of a police officer in south London is Louis De Zoysa, the BBC has been told. New Zealand-born Sgt Matiu Ratana, 54, died in hospital after being shot at the Croydon custody

A man is being questioned by police investigating the murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana, while the suspect in the shooting remains in a critical condition.

The 54-year-old policeman was shot by a handcuffed suspect in the early hours of Friday at a custody suite in Croydon.

The Metropolitan Police officer of almost 30 years has been described as someone who epitomised the role police play in protecting others and, as head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club, was said to be an “irreplaceable figure”.

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SUSPECT CRITCALLY ILL . Forensics are checking the gun, while CCTV and bodycams are also being examined. It comes after The Sun revealed the suspect in the shooting was believed Investigators were also looking into possible motives of the suspect - but cops have insisted it is not a terror probe .

Police investigating the fatal shooting of a police officer in south London say four crime scenes are being searched. Sgt Matiu Ratana, from New Zealand, died in hospital The murder investigation is expected to focus on the motive for the killing. The suspect remains in a critical condition is hospital.

a person standing in front of a brick building: One man has been arrested in the investigation into the killing of Sergeant Matt Ratana (Metropolitan Police/PA) © Provided by PA Media One man has been arrested in the investigation into the killing of Sergeant Matt Ratana (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A man arrested at around 2am on Sunday in Norwich, Norfolk, on suspicion of supplying a firearm, remains in custody at a south London police station.

The suspect for the shooting – widely reported to be 23-year-old Louis De Zoysa – has not yet been spoken to by investigators due to his condition.

Police have been searching an address on Southbrook Road in Norbury, south-west London, and another on Park Road, Banstead in Surrey.

A police guard was in place outside Courtlands Farm off Park Road on Sunday, following reports from neighbours of an explosion in the early hours of the previous morning.

Suspect in fatal UK police officer shooting in critical condition

  Suspect in fatal UK police officer shooting in critical condition Suspect in fatal UK police officer shooting in critical conditionMatt Ratana, a 54-year-old custody sergeant who was originally from the Hawke's Bay area of New Zealand, was shot dead in the early hours of Friday by a man who was handcuffed. The man is then believed to have turned the gun on himself.

A man suspected of shooting Sgt Matiu Ratana dead at Croydon Custody Centre remains in a critical condition Suspect remains under police guard as he fights for life, after dying in Officers and paramedics treated the officer at the scene of shooting before he was taken to hospital and died.

A man suspected of shooting dead Met Police sergeant Matiu Ratana, 54, in Croydon has been named as Louis De De Zoysa, who is believed to have shot himself afterwards, remains critically ill in hospital. Officers had been preparing to search De Zoysa at the time and he was still handcuffed

Speaking to the PA news agency, one neighbour said: “The blast was at 5.40am and woke up our little boy and we sent him back to bed, but what we’ve heard from other neighbours there was about 20-odd police and they were lined down the driveway.”

a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field: Members of East Grinstead rugby club held a minute’s silence in memory of their head coach (Gareth Fuller/PA) © Provided by PA Media Members of East Grinstead rugby club held a minute’s silence in memory of their head coach (Gareth Fuller/PA)

In the lead-up to Friday’s killing, the shooting suspect had been arrested by patrolling officers for possession of ammunition and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply following a stop and search, then handcuffed behind his back before being taken to the station in a police vehicle.

According to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), he was taken into the building and sat in a holding area in the custody suite, then opened fire while still in the handcuffs as officers prepared to search him with a metal detector.

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'The suspect remains in hospital in a critical condition and due to his state we are not able to speak to him. 'Our murder investigation will seek to establish Scotland Yard has launched a probe into the background of the suspect , who was deemed a 'potential terror threat' and had been referred to the

No police firearms were discharged in the incident, during which the suspect was also injured, and the case is not being treated as terror-related.

Multiple tributes have been paid to the New Zealand-born sergeant since his death, including from the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Adern.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said he was an “extraordinary person” who was “very good at his job”.

She said his “terrible” death might bring home to people the challenges of police work, helping them to “see us police as who we are – human beings, going to work to help people, to support people and to protect people”.

She added: “Matt was the epitome of that.”

The Prince of Wales, speaking during a virtual service for National Police Memorial Day on Sunday said his death is a reminder of the dangers officers are confronted with.

Charles said: “The dreadful incident in Croydon on Friday is the latest heart-breaking evidence of the risks faced by our officers daily.”

Friends and teammates gathered in silence in East Grinstead to pay their respects as the club flag was flown alongside the New Zealand flag and an All Blacks rugby team flag to honour Sgt Ratana’s love of the sport and his roots.

Police have previously said they are working with a “determination to find justice for our colleague and his family”.

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