Police officer named in Azelle Rodney murder trial

The police marksman who is charged with the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney can be named for the first time today.

Azelle Rodney was shot by officers in 2005

Anthony Long, previously referred to as E7, will go on trial on June 8th next year.

The ex-specialist firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police CO19 section is accused of killing Mr Rodney, who was shot by police in Edgware in April 2005.

The 24 year old died after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men, fearing that they were armed and on their way to rob Colombian drug dealers.

He was hit six times, once each in the arm and back, and fatally four times in the head.

The CPS announced it planned to charge the officer in July following a public inquiry.