The inquiry heard that Mr Rodney was wanted over an allegation of grievous bodily harm when he was accused of hitting and stabbing someone.
However, the officers involved in the stop did not know this, and therefore the possibility of arresting him before the suspected drugs robbery was not raised.
Instead they were aiming to intercept the robbers once the group had armed themselves.On the day of the shooting, it was decided that three unmarked police cars would form a box for the hard stop.
The surveillance teams did lock on to Mr Lovell, they locked on to men at a cafe. It became clear that the suspects were arming themselves, and the intelligence indicated that the men who had been picked up by the surveillance officers were on their way to carry out the offence.
The hearing was adjourned until tomorrow.
An armed police officer shot a suspect six times within a second of pulling up beside the car he was in, an inquiry heard today.
A full inquiry into the death of 24-year-old Azelle Rodney, who was shot by police in 2005, is due to begin today.