by: The Voice Online
published: 18 October 2013
The police officer who shot a 24-year-old man six times has been refused the right to appeal a ruling that found there was “no lawful justification” for his actions.
The officer, known only as E7, shot Azelle Rodney as he sat in the back seat of a car, which had been under surveillance for several hours before it was stopped in Edgware, north London in 2005.
E7 told the inquiry he feared the occupants were armed with a sub-machine gun capable of firing more than 1,000 rounds per minute. It was believed the group were on their way to rob a Colombian drugs gang. He alleged that he had seen Rodney moving around and hunching down.
The incident was independently investigated by Sir Christopher Holland who concluded: “There was no lawful justification for shooting Azelle Rodney so as to kill him.
“E7’s accounts of what he saw are not to be accepted,” he said.