Arrest made in murder inquiry of Kiwi-born UK police officer Matiu Ratana

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Kiwi-born police Sergeant Matiu Ratana, who was killed in the line of duty.

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Matt Ratana from Hawke’s Bay was shot dead by a handcuffed suspect at a police station in Croydon. Source: Breakfast

In the early hours of Friday 25 September, Sergeant Ratana was shot at a South London custody centre and later died in hospital.

The handcuffed suspect was detained by officers and taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "The man’s condition, originally critical, has since stabilised and is no longer considered life-threatening. Therefore on Friday, 13 November he was considered fit to be arrested on suspicion of murder."

It added: "However, 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."

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All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke lead a haka for rugby fanatic Sergeant Matt Ratana. Source: 1 NEWS

Sergeant Ratana was farewelled by family and friends in a moving ceremony last week. The 54-year-old’s ashes will return to New Zealand to be laid alongside his ancestors.