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Azelle Rodney shot ‘as soon as he was within gunsight’

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2458

An armed police officer murdered Azelle Rodney by shooting him on sight and firing eight shots, a jury at the Old Bailey has heard.

Ex Metropolitan Police marksman Anthony Long is on trial for the murder of Azelle, which he denies.

Long shot dead Azelle, a passenger in a car that was followed then boxed in by police, in April 2005. Cops say they believed the car’s three occupants had weapons and were planning to rob drug dealers.

Max Hill QC opened the prosecution case. He said Long opened fire “as soon as Azelle Rodney came into his gun sights”.

The court heard that a video of the shooting exists for “training purposes”. The shots  are not captured.

But the jury heard the sound of the eight rapid gunshots. The officer who was recording the video can be heard saying, “Sweet as, sweet as,” as the shots are fired. 

The shots lasted around two seconds, according to the recording.

Long said in a statement that he saw Azelle look left, then right before ducking down and reappearing with his shoulders hunched.

Hill questioned this version of events. 

The trial continues.

 


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