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Charges could follow inquest into shooting of policeman

Pc Ian Terry
Pc Ian Terry was married with two children

Charges could still be brought against Greater Manchester Police (GMP) over the death of a police officer, shot while on a training exercise.

Coroner Nigel Meadows confirmed the inquest into Pc Ian Terry's death is due to start on 15 February 2010.

He said the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would decide whether to prosecute GMP or an individual depending on the outcome of the five-week hearing.

Pc Terry, of Burnley, was shot in the chest by a colleague in June 2008.

More than 30 witnesses are expected to give evidence at the inquest, which will be heard by a jury.

In a statement, Mr Meadows said at least 26 police officers had been granted anonymity, including the one that fired the fatal shot.

Deflate tyres

Pc Terry was taking part in a firearms exercise at a disused warehouse in Newton Heath in Manchester.

A false scenario was set up in which firearms officers were trying to apprehend a gang of armed offenders in a car.

Playing the part of one of the criminals, Pc Terry was in the front seat of a car when he was shot.

The former Sharp factory
The shooting happened in a disused factory in Newton Heath

Officers were using Round Irritant Personnel (Rip) rounds, which are designed to stop vehicles.

The intention was to deflate the tyres of the car in which Pc Terry was sat.

The father-of-two, described by his family as "the best dad" was not wearing protective body armour when he was shot.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was "insufficient evidence" to charge Greater Manchester Police or any officers over his death.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive is ongoing.

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