Unarmed father of two shot dead by cops after ‘catastrophic series of failings’

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AN unarmed man was shot dead by cops after a “catastrophic series of failings”, a report says.

Anthony Grainger, 36, was in a stolen car when he was shot in the chest.

A judicial inquiry found the shooting of Anthony Grainger was legal but criticised top officers at Gtr Manchester Police
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Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot dead by cops in 2012 with a report saying there was a series of ‘catastrophic failing’ by police[/caption]

A judicial inquiry found the shooting was legal but criticised top officers at Gtr Manchester Police.

Mr Grainger, of Bolton, was thought to be planning an armed robbery.

But Judge Thomas Teague QC ruled that the operation, in Culcheth, Cheshire, in 2012 was incompetent, based on inaccurate intelligence and “lacked the requisite level of professional competence”

Mr Grainger, who left behind a daughter, 10, and a four-year-old son, was killed just after 7pm when he was shot in the chest by a single bullet from a Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine gun.


It was fired by a police marksman known as Q9, as Mr Grainger sat behind the wheel of a stolen red Audi.

Judge Teague made nine recommendations for the future, including for GMP to create a new policy for dealing with intelligence in relation to firearms operations and for the National Police Chiefs Council to consider equipping unmarked police vehicles involved in firearms operations with blue lights or loudspeakers to better identify officers to suspects.

The inquiry was told no guns were found on Mr Grainger or in the car.

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