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Azelle Rodney murder: Former police marksman named

2014-10-03 16:31:23

Azelle Rodney
Azelle Rodney died in April 2005 Photo: PA

The former police marksman charged with the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney has been named for the first time today.

Anthony Long, an ex-specialist firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police CO19 section, will go on trial on June 8, with the case expected to last around a month.

Previously referred to as E7, he can be named after reporting restrictions were lifted at the Old Bailey.

Long, whose address was given as the Police Federation Headquarters in Leatherhead, Surrey, did not attend the hearing before Mr Justice Sweeney.

He is accused of killing Mr Rodney, who was shot by police in Edgware, north London, in April 2005.

Mr Rodney, 24, died after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men, fearing that they were armed and on their way to rob Colombian drug dealers.

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

The Crown Prosecution Service announced it planned to charge the officer in July, after reviewing new evidence following the outcome of a public inquiry into Mr Rodney's death.


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