Met police officer fired eight shots at close range, court told

Azelle Rodney - Police 'Hard Stop' 2005
Azelle Rodney – Police ‘Hard Stop’ 2005

source: The Guardian
published: 10 June 2015

A Metropolitan police firearms officer murdered a suspect by firing a rapid volley of eight shots from close range, including two that struck the man in the top of his head, a jury has heard.

Former Metropolitan police marksman Anthony Long, 58, is on trial for the murder of Azelle Rodney in 2005, which he denies. A jury at the Old Bailey in central London heard on Wednesday that Long, now retired from the force, had no lawful reason to open fire.

Long shot dead Rodney, 24, in April 2005 when he was a passenger in a car that police were following, believing its three occupants were planning an armed robbery. Continue reading

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Met gun officer faces trial over Azelle Rodney murder

In loving memory of Azelle Rodney

all credits: London24
published: 8 June, 2015

Former police marksman Anthony Long arrived at court this morning to face trial for the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney.

Long, an ex-specialist firearms officer with the Met police, denies killing Mr Rodney in April 2005. Mr Rodney, 24, died after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men in Edgware, north London.

Mr Justice Sweeney released Mr Long on unconditional bail to today’s trial before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey.

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Azelle Rodney murder case: Ex-police marksman denies murder

Juryall credits: BBC News
published: 30 January 2015

A former police marksman has pleaded not guilty to the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney. He was shot six times in April 2005.

Mr Rodney, 24, was travelling in a car that was stopped by police in Edgware, north London, when he was shot six times in April 2005.

Anthony Long, an ex-specialist firearms officer with the Met Police, entered his plea at Southwark Crown Court.

Mr Justice Sweeney released Mr Long on unconditional bail. He is due to stand trial on 8 June.

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