Tributes pour in for ‘funny’ shot policeman Matt Ratana as funeral live streamed

Tributes have flooded in for policeman Matt Ratana – who was shot dead on duty – as his funeral was live-streamed globally to ensure his New Zealand friends and family will be able to watch on.

The 54-year-old was shot dead in the early hours of September 25 at Croydon Custody Centre in South London.

For Covid-19 related reasons, Matt’s funeral is restricted, so the service will be shown at all Met police stations for colleagues via the Met’s website and social media.

Ahead of the funeral, the Metropolitan Police released a video with tributes from fellow officers who describe him as "passionate about everything" and "one of the funniest men I think I've ever met."

Others said Sergeant Ratana was an "inspiration, loud, larger than life, a bit of a lump, memorable, unique and a legend."

Colleagues are said to be upset a full police service cannot be held for the hero, but the Met is following Covid-19 advice.

Matt's partner, Su Bushby, has instead asked Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick — who knew Matt — to speak on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Force.

Ms Dick will stand next to Matt's colleagues, friends and family paying tribute to the Sergeant at November 4 Sussex service, that is expected to begin at 11.25am.

Previous tributes paid to Sergeant Ratana remembered the police officer as a gentle giant and irreplaceable figure who was part of the "police family."

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Louis De Zoysa, 23, is the main suspect in the case.

A post-mortem examination gave Matt's cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest and a revolver was later recovered from the scene.

Zoysa is still being treated in hospital as of Matt's funeral date, and remains "unfit for interviewing," the Metropolitan Police have said.

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