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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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Rodney shot dead by police in 2005

  • Azelle Rodney was shot dead when the VW Golf he was travelling in was stopped by police
  • He was shot six times, once each in the arm and back, and four shots to the head.
  • The report ruled Mr Rodney could have survived the first two shots, to his arm and back, but not the remaining four to his head
  • Three guns were found in the Golf - a Colt .45 calibre pistol, a Baikal pistol and a smaller gun that looked like a key fob.

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