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Police suspect killing 'unlawful'

A police marksman who gunned down 24-year-old robbery suspect Azelle Rodney had no reason to believe that he had picked up a weapon and there was "no lawful justification" for shooting him dead, according to a damning official report published today.

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Police express sympathy for Rodney family

The Metropolitan Police Service has expressed its sympathies to the Rodney family, after an inquiry found there was "no lawful justification" for his shooting.

I have read the findings carefully and want to express my personal sympathy to Mr Rodney's family. The MPS deeply regrets his death, and I recognise how distressing the inquiry must have been for them.

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Met Commissioner

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