source: Barnet Today
published: 29 June 2015
A man who was fatally shot by an undercover firearms officer in Mill Hill did not deserve to die, a court heard.
Azelle Rodney was the back seat passenger in VW Golf which was being followed by police surveillance and four cars containing firearms officers.
The court heard that police had intelligence the three men had weapons were on their way to rob a gang of Columbian drug dealers.
The firearms team performed a “hard stop” just after the Golf had turned off Mill Hill Broadway into Hale Lane in April 2005. Mr Rodney died after firearms officer Anthony Long fired eight rounds towards him.
He claimed that he believed the 24-year-old who lived in Hounslow was reaching down for a weapon, probably a small machine gun, and was about to open fire on police.