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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 September 2005, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Appeal in police shooting probe
Craig King - picture courtesy of Greater Manchester Police
Craig King was the first person to be shot dead by the force
Officers investigating the fatal police shooting of a man in Greater Manchester are to return to the scene on Thursday evening in a hunt for witnesses.

Investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are to hand out flyers and question people in Crawford Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Craig King, 32, from Salford, was shot by officers in the first fatal shooting by Greater Manchester Police.

The IPCC described the incident on Saturday as "tragic".

Machete recovered

Police were called to the street in Ashton-Under-Lyne after a man was seen smashing the windows with a machete.

Greater Manchester Police said Mr King fired a shot at the property and an armed response unit was called in.

He was shot just after 2000 BST and taken to Tameside General Hospital where he died within the hour.

A machete, rifle and unused ammunition were later recovered from the scene.

Naseem Malik, IPCC Commissioner for the North West, said: "This was a tragic incident and my thoughts are with Mr King's family at this difficult time."

Mr Malik stressed that the IPCC was independent of the police and urged anyone who was in the area on Saturday evening to contact them.

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