Azelle Rodney police shooting 'like cowboy scene'


originally by: BBC News
published: 20 September 2012

An inquiry into the death of a man shot six times by police has heard it was like a “cowboy and western scene”. Frank Graham told the inquiry into Azelle Rodney’s death he felt bullets “hailing” on the car carrying the pair and another man in north-west London.

Armed police stopped the car in April 2005, fearing the occupants were carrying machine guns so they could rob a Colombian drugs gang.

As the officers surrounded the vehicle, an officer opened fire on Mr Rodney. Mr Rodney, 24, was shot dead in Edgware on 30 April 2005 by a specialist firearms officer.

He was sitting in the back of the VW Golf which unmarked police vehicles had suddenly brought to a stop.

Detectives later found three guns in the car and the other two occupants, Mr Graham and Wesley Lovell, were subsequently jailed for possession of firearms.

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