THE POLICE marksman who shot dead drugs suspect Azelle Rodney has appealed against an inquiry's verdict that the killing was 'unlawful'.
The officer known only as E7 shot Mr Rodney, of Hounslow, six times when police stopped the car in which he was travelling, believed to be on the way to rob a Colombian drugs gang, in Edgware.
An inquiry into the 24-year-old's death found in July - eight years after the shooting, in April 2005 - that there was 'no lawful justification' for shooting to kill that day.
Sir Christopher Holland's judgment potentially paved the way for a criminal prosecution against E7, whose identity has been kept secret for his protection, or the Metropolitan Police.
But E7 has now appealed for a judicial review in a bid to overturn the inquiry chairman's findings, as expected, describing them as 'irrational'.
His application seeks one of the following:
* a declaration Sir Christopher's conclusions about E7's use of force are irrational
* a declaration the inquiry breached procedural rules
* an order quashing the inquiry's findings that the officer's use of force was unlawful