12th July 2019

A Judge in an inquiry stated on 11 July 2019 that a Police Force was to blame for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

In March 2012 Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot through the windscreen of a stolen Audi car in Cheshire during a police operation.  No firearms were found on either Mr Grainger or in the car.

The Judge stated the Officer who shot Mr Grainger had acted lawfully because he had mistakenly believed Mr Grainger was reaching for a gun.  The Judge stated however that the officer reached the wrong conclusion because of the “misleading way his superiors had briefed him beforehand”.

The Judge stated that if Greater Manchester Police had planned the police operation competently and correctly briefed officers then the officer might not have shot Mr Grainger.

Further details of the case can be found here.