Police marksman on a murder charge

A former police marksman is to be charged with murdering a robbery suspect in a landmark prosecution.

The ex-officer, who shot Azelle Rodney in 2005 after opening fire within a second of pulling up next to the car he was in, has only been identified as E7 after being granted anonymity during a public inquiry into the 24-year-old’s death.

Mr Rodney’s mother Susan Alexander said: “I am very pleased at the CPS’s decision to prosecute the officer who killed my son. I have waited a long time to see this day and hope this prosecution will lead to justice for Azelle.”

The 24-year-old died in Edgware, north London, after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men, fearing that they were on their way to rob Colombian drug dealers and had a sub-machine gun.

Mr Rodney was hit six times, once each in the arm and back, and fatally four times in the head.

The officer will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 10.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: “Azelle Rodney died after the discharge of a police firearm on 30 April 2005.

"Following the outcome of the public inquiry, the Independent Police Complaints Commission re-referred the matter to the CPS, providing us with the evidence previously gathered and the further evidence and material which has emerged since the initial referral.

"We have carefully considered the new file of evidence submitted to us and have decided that a former Metropolitan Police officer, currently identified only as E7, will be prosecuted for murder. The individual currently has anonymity.

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