Greater Manchester Police and one of its officers have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a police officer was killed on a training exercise when he was shot by a colleague.
PC Ian Terry, 32, died during a firearms training session at a disused warehouse in June 2008.
The training exercise consisted of firearms officers practising to apprehend armed criminals from a car. PC Terry was role playing being an armed criminal when he was killed by a colleague using a shotgun. He suffered severe chest injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital.
The training officer responsible for the course was found guilty of failing to protect his work colleague. He ran a course that had a lethal combination of factors, including the use of live ammunition in an aggressive scenario.
Greater Manchester Police pleaded guilty to failing to adequately monitor the training courses its firearms unit designed and run.
Melanie Lidstone Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co says, “A man has lost his life, a family is devastated because of an entirely preventable accident which killed him.”
“A training officer failed to protect his colleague by using dangerous and reckless elements in a training exercise and Greater Manchester Police failed to monitor the training courses its staff were designing and running.”
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