originally by: BBC News
published: 27 February 2014
A Met Police marksman has lost his High Court bid to challenge a public inquiry finding he used excessive force when he killed a robbery suspect. Last year, an inquiry decided there was “no lawful justification” for the marksman to have shot Azelle Rodney six times in Edgware, north London in 2005.
But lawyers for the officer, known as E7, said the finding was “irrational”. E7 was seeking permission for a judicial review over the inquiry’s conclusions.
The inquiry chairman Sir Christopher Holland concluded Mr Rodney was unlawfully killed, a finding E7’s lawyers described as “tantamount to murder”.
But Sir Brian Leveson, president of the Queen’s Bench Division, sitting with Mr Justice Irwin ruled there was “no value in granting permission” and refused the application.
Mr Rodney was shot after the car he was travelling with two other people was stopped by armed police. Detectives say they had intelligence the 24-year-old was on his way to rob Colombian drug dealers.