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Officer who shot man six times had killed before

VICTIM: Azelle Rodney

A POLICE OFFICER who fired six rapid shot at a man in north London had killed other people earlier in his career, an inquiry heard today.

Azelle Rodney, 24, was killed instantly when a car he was travelling in was stopped in Edgware by an officer, identified only as E7, in April 2005.

It was believed Rodney was part of an armed gang who were carrying machine guns so they could rob a Colombian drugs cartel.

According to government intelligence, Rodney was going to set up a meeting to view Class A drugs and then steal them at gunpoint alongside two others named as Frank Graham and Wesley Lovell.

Detectives later found three guns in the Volkswagen Golf. Graham and Lovell were jailed for possession.

Giving evidence today, the officer told the hearing at the Family Division Court, in Holborn, central London: “I felt I had no choice.”

He added: “He said: "His [Mr Rodney's] posture was of someone who was preparing to fire a weapon.

"I'm as convinced today as I was on the day that Azelle Rodney had a gun in his hands.

"It was nothing to do with the fact I couldn't see his hands, it was everything about his body language that he had picked up a firearm and was prepared to use it.

It emerged that E7 had shot dead two men and injured a further two during operations in the 1980s.

An inquest into the men’s deaths later ruled that they were lawfully killed and the officer E7 received a commendation from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for his conduct.

The two that survived the attack were later tried and jailed.

The hearing continues.

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