A former firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police will appear in court in September charged with murdering suspected gangster, Azelle Rodney, who was shot dead in a pre-planned police operation in 2005
A police marksman who shot dead a suspected gangster during an anti-drugs operation has been charged with murder, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced.
Azelle Rodney, (pictured), died after police opened fire on the car he was a passenger in during a ‘hard stop’ outside a pub in north London in April 2005.
The 24-year-old died had been travelling in a car with two other men, who police feared were on their way to rob Colombian drug dealers.
Mr Rodney was hit six times in less than two seconds, taking four bullets to the head.
The circumstances of the shooting were initially investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and first passed to the CPS in 2006.
But prosecutors concluded that there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone in...
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