“The Crown Prosecution Service has today, 30 July, announced its decision that a former Metropolitan Police firearms officer should be charged with murder over the death of Azelle Rodney in 2005.“The former officer was granted anonymity at the public inquiry into Mr Rodney’s death and was referred to as E7.“As criminal proceedings are now active, it would be inappropriate to comment further on this case at this time.“The MPS runs firearms operations daily to take guns off the streets. Our officers are highly-trained and professional and fire shots only once or twice a year. We accept that where this happens, our officers will be subject to detailed scrutiny.“We keep our firearms tactics constantly under review and have accepted the recommendations made by the public inquiry into Azelle Rodney’s death.”Background information:The public inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney, who was fatally shot by a Met firearms officer in 2005, decided in July 2013 that there was no lawful justification for the shooting.The Commissioner commented at the end of the Inquiry (5 July 2013):“This is a significant finding for the Metropolitan Police Service, whose officers strive on a daily basis to keep Londoners safe whilst acting within the law. I have read the findings carefully and want to express my personal sympathy to Mr Rodney’s family. The MPS deeply regrets his death, and I recognise how distressing the Inquiry must have been for them.”As a result of the finding, the Independent Police Complaints Commission referred this case to the CPS.In February 2014, E7, the firearms officer who shot Azelle Rodney, applied for a judicial review of the Inquiry’s ruling. The Met supported part of E7′s application, as an interested party. This application was rejected.We have now been informed that the CPS, having reviewed the evidence, has reached the decision that there is sufficient evidence to charge the officer with murder.