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Men guilty over north London street shoot-out with officer

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Two men have been found guilty of their involvement in a street shoot-out with an armed police officer in north London.

Sedat Meric, 25, from Tottenham, and Oktay Ayanoglu, 22, from East Finchley, were found guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life in Haringey.

The Old Bailey heard Meric fired into a bar before turning the gun on the armed officer and firing eight rounds.

Both will be sentenced on 9 January.

'Bitter and violent argument'

The two men were cleared of attempted murder while the duo's alleged leader Bulent Eren was cleared of the same offences.

The court heard National Crime Agency officers were at the scene to protect Mr Eren from a potential threat following a "bitter and violent argument" in Tottenham 24 hours earlier.

The jury heard Meric fired into the West Green Road Pool Bar three times before turning his gun on the officer during the attack on May 23.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, the officer, who was only identified as NC32 said: "I thought I was in danger of my life and I believed if he had carried on, any member of the public was in danger of their life.

"While I was running across the road, I drew my pistol from my right hip and shouted to him 'armed police, stand still'.

'Gesture of surrender'

"He turned to face me and he brought his pistol up and fired at me. "

The officer said it felt like he was being fired at continuously and fired back twice before he saw Meric was "putting his hands in the air".

NC32 said: "He did so saying something to the effect 'okay, okay'. It was a gesture of surrender."

Meric was apprehended along with Ayanoglu, who had tried to run back to their car, which was later found burnt out.

The jury said it could not determine whether Mr Eren had been the getaway driver or not and cleared him of the charges.

The court heard that 11 spent cartridges from Meric's pistol littered the pavement and bullets were found embedded in the pool club building.

Judge Michael Topolski warned Meric and Ayanoglu to expect "significant terms of imprisonment".

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