A police marksman who gunned down a 24-year-old robbery suspect 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.
Former High Court judge Sir Christopher Holland released his findings following the public inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney, who was killed by armed police in London in 2005. Police believed he and two other men were on their way to carry out an armed heist on Columbian drug dealers.
The report summary said: "The report asks whether E7 believed, for good reason, that Azelle Rodney presented a threat to his life or that of his colleagues such that it was proportionate to open fire on him with a lethal weapon. The answer is that he did not."