A firearms officer who fatally shot an unarmed man met the police officer who shot Mark Duggan before making his first detailed statement, a public inquiry has heard.
The previously undisclosed meeting took place five days after the fatal shooting of Anthony Grainger, 35, in a car park in Cheshire in March 2012.
An inquiry into the death of Grainger heard on Wednesday that V53, the officer who shot Duggan, 29, in August 2011, travelled to Manchester to “offer support” to the firearms officers – a day before they had given their full account of what happened.
Grainger was shot through the chest by an officer referred to as Q9 as he sat in a stolen red Audi in the village of Culcheth, Cheshire on 3 March 2012. Detectives believed he and two others were planning to hold up a supermarket and had access to firearms but no gun was ever found.
An officer, referred to as W9 to protect his identity, told the court that on 8 March there had been a meeting with Mark Williams, from the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA), an officer from the Metropolitan police firearms branch, and V53 – the officer who fatally shot Duggan in Tottenham, north London in August 2011.
W9 said he and other firearms officers involved in Operation Shire – the investigation that led to Grainger’s death – attended the meeting, which he said was held to discuss their welfare and post-incident procedure.
Asked about the purpose of the meeting, W9 replied: “Because he had been through similar circumstances down there. Police shootings are fortunately very very rare in this country.
“It’s just to support from the PFOA [Police Firearms Officers Association] for my colleague who’s had to fire … Just to offer support from his…
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