Police gunman is cleared of unlawful killing

A POLICE marks-man who shot dead a man carrying a table leg which was mistaken for a gun won his High Court bid today to overturn an inquest verdict of "unlawful killing".

Harry Stanley, 46, a painter and decorator of Hackney, east London, was shot in the head and hand by police on September 22, 1999.

Police inspector Neil Sharman, now a chief inspector, shot Mr Stanley in the head after wrongly being told he had a shotgun.