source: Manchester Evening News
published: 28 February 2014
The parents of a man shot dead by a police marksman have spoken out on the second anniversary of his death. Father-of-two Anthony Grainger, 36, from Salford, died on March 3 2012 sat in an Audi car during a planned operation to arrest a group of men on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery outside Sainsbury’s in Culceth.
Later three men accused of plotting a robbery with Mr Grainger were cleared at Manchester Crown Court.
Mr Grainger and the men with him at the time of the shooting were unarmed. Greater Manchester Police has since appeared in court charged with failing to discharge a duty under health and safety regulations in connection with the incident.
The officer who pulled the trigger will not face any charges.
In a statement, Marina and John Schofield, the mother and stepfather of Anthony Grainger, said: “The last two years have been a terrible ordeal for Anthony’s family. Not only have we had the heart-breaking loss of Anthony but we have also had to contend with the frustrations and delays of the legal process.