Azelle’s family wants overhaul of ‘trigger happy’ police
December 20, 2012 in Breaking News, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali
originally by: The Independent
published: 18 November 2012
The mother of a suspected gangster shot dead by a police marksman has called for an overhaul of Scotland Yard’s firearms operations at the conclusion of an inquiry into her son’s violent death seven years ago.
Susan Alexander said unanswered questions remained about the operation that left Azelle Rodney dead after being hit by six bullets when his car was intercepted by police trying to stop an armed confrontation with a set of Colombian drug dealers.
The officer who fired the shots, named only as E7, yesterday expressed his “great regret” for the death of the 24-year-old but said that he believed that he had no other option but to open fire to protect the lives of his colleagues, according to a statement.
E7 has given evidence to the inquiry that he fired off eight bullets because he believed Mr Rodney, a backseat passenger was stretching down into a foot well to grab an automatic weapon which had the capability of firing more than 1,000 rounds a minute.
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