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Shooting: Ex-Police Officer Faces Murder Charge
A former police officer is to face a murder charge over the fatal shooting of Azelle Rodney in 2005.
The 24-year-old robbery suspect was shot by a police marksman in Edgware, north London, in April 2005.
He was hit six times - four times in the head and once in the arm and back - when the VW Golf he was travelling in with two other men was stopped by police.
The former police officer who is being charged has been granted anonymity and will only be known as E7.
Mr Rodney's mother, Susan Alexander, said: "I am very pleased at the CPS's decision to prosecute the officer who killed my son.
"I have waited a long time to see this day and hope this prosecution will lead to justice for Azelle."
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "Azelle Rodney died after the discharge of a police firearm on 30 April 2005.
"Following the outcome of the public inquiry, the Independent Police Complaints Commission re-referred the matter to the CPS, providing us with the evidence previously gathered and the further evidence and material which has emerged since the initial referral.
"We have carefully considered the new file of evidence submitted to us and have decided that a former Metropolitan Police officer, currently identified only as E7, will be prosecuted for murder.
"The individual currently has anonymity granted under section 19(2)(b) of the Inquiries Act 2005, made on 16 January 2012 by the chairman of the inquiry.
"The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.
"E7 will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, 10 September 2014."
She added: "Criminal proceedings have now commenced and the individual known as E7 has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."