source: Manchester Evening News
published: 16 January 2017
The family of a man shot dead by police say they want ‘lessons to be learned’ as a public inquiry into his death begins. The inquiry into the 2012 death of Anthony Grainger is due to start on Tuesday.
It’s only the second time in England and Wales that a full public inquiry has been set up to examine a fatal police shooting.
Father-of-two Mr Grainger, 36, who was living in Bolton but from Salford , was shot dead by a GMP firearms officer during a ‘pre-planned’ operation to deter ‘suspected criminality’ in Warrington.
He was sitting in a stolen Audi parked outside a supermarket in Culcheth when he was shot through the windscreen with a Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine gun. Mr Grainger wasn’t armed and no guns were found in the car.
The inquiry, due to be held over 14 weeks at Liverpool Crown Court, is expected to include two weeks of closed hearings at which sensitive evidence from GMP and the National Crime Agency will be heard before an examination of witnesses begins.