Forensic officers gather evidence at the scene of the shooting
12:41am UK, Tuesday March 06, 2012
An “initial visual search” inside a car in which a man was shot dead by police has failed to locate any weapons, the police watchdog has said.
Anthony Paul Grainger, from Bolton, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest after the car he was in was stopped in the village of Culcheth, Cheshire.
The vehicle was stopped on Saturday evening in what police described as a “pre-planned operation”. Mr Grainger was shot by an armed officer.
A map shows the location of the shooting
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) deployed investigators to the scene and took over the investigation following the shooting at around 7.20pm.
Initial evidence collected suggests two police firearms were discharged during the incident, the IPCC said.
However, a full ballistic examination needs to be undertaken on the recovered police weapons to confirm this.
At this stage it is known that one round was discharged by an officer carrying a Heckler and Koch MP5 carbine.
This passed through the car windscreen and struck Mr Grainger, 36, while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a red Audi car.
Our investigation into the actions of the officers at the scene, the planning and implementation of the police operation and the reason for the deployment and discharge of firearms is progressing.
IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik
Two Hatton rounds were discharged into the car’s tyres by an officer carrying a shotgun in order to disable the vehicle.
A CS canister was also deployed by hand into the vehicle by one of the firearms team.
An IPCC spokesman said: “Due to the presence of CS residue in the car, a full forensic examination has not yet been conducted to establish whether there are any weapons in the car.
“This will take place in a controlled environment in the next few days.
“An initial visual search inside the Audi, and a search of the immediate vicinity of the car, has not located any weapons.”
Initial statements have been taken from the officer who fired the fatal shot, the officer who was carrying the shotgun and the firearms team leader.
House-to-house inquiries have also been conducted in the vicinity.
IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik and the investigation team has met Mr Grainger’s mother and partner to explain the role of the IPCC.
Ms Malik said: “My thoughts are with Mr Grainger’s family and friends at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.
“Our investigation into the actions of the officers at the scene, the planning and implementation of the police operation and the reason for the deployment and discharge of firearms is progressing.
“There is a great deal of work still to be done including forensic examinations, ballistic tests and interviews with a number of police officers.
“Investigators have identified some witnesses to events but I would urge anyone who has information about the incident to come forward to assist our investigation.”
She added: “This is an independent investigation and we will examine thoroughly the whole incident and report our findings in due course.”