An inquest is to open today into the death of a wealthy central London barrister shot dead by police during an armed siege. Mark Saunders, 32, was killed by at least five bullets fired by marksmen who surrounded his London home. They were called after reports a shotgun had been fired out of a window at the £2.2 million property. Mr Saunders was killed in a volley of shots fired by seven officers at the end of a five-hour stand-off at 9.32pm on May 6 2008. The fatal gunfire came after a first shot was fired by police at 5.04pm, and a second shot was fired at 9.09pm as Mr Saunders roamed the property with a shotgun. The SEVEN officers who fired 11 bullets at Mr Saunders all claimed that they acted in self-defence or in the defence of colleagues. Saunders was shot by officers from the Met's CO19 unit AND Royal and Diplomatic Protection Squad. Slight overkill here maybe? (Disgraced) Commander Ali Dizaei, in overall charge, refused to let Saunder's wife speak to him. How many marksmen does it take to shoot one bloke armed with a side by side shot gun? What the hell were the SRR doing there?