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Gunman caught using facial mapping jailed for 25 years

A gunman caught using facial mapping techniques has been jailed for 25 years.

Chad Greatbatch shot a man in the chest at point blank range in a suspected drugs patch dispute last July.

West Midlands Police digitally compared his features with CCTV to prove it was him that pulled the trigger.

21-year-old Greatbatch shot his victim who was in a parked car on Tiveryon Road in Selly Oak.

The bullet passed through the driver's door window and hit the 27-year-old man in the shoulder. It then travelled through his chest and lodged under skin on his neck. Doctors said he was lucky to survive.

Chad Greatbatch shot a man in the chest at point blank range in a suspected drugs patch dispute last July. Credit: West Midlands Police

Greatbatch fled the scene but was stopped by police four days later as he drove down Bristol Road in Edgbaston. Officers found a loaded revolver in the foot-well of the car.

He was given a six-and-a-half-year jail sentence last September for possessing a firearm and drugs supply. Later, detectives used facial mapping techniques, alongside other evidence to link Greatbatch to the CCTV of the man shooting the pistol.

A St Ettiene revolver was found in Greatbatch's car when police arrested him. Credit: West Midlands Police

After initially denying attempted murder, he went on to enter a guilty plea. Today he was jailed for 25 years at Birmingham Crown Court. The sentence will run consecutively to his current jail term which means he faces more than 30 years behind bars.

What is for certain is that the victim had a near miraculous escape: the bullet travelled through his chest yet he managed to get out of the car and run for help.

Despite coming close to being killed, the victim refused to co-operate with the enquiry – but just because a victim won’t talk to us does not mean we can’t push for a prosecution and conviction.

We had Greatbatch in police custody just a few days after the shooting and he has now been taken out of society for a very long time and no longer poses a danger.

Facial mapping is just one of the tools available to detectives these days and is helping us achieve convictions against dangerous offenders and make sure they can’t evade justice.

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Gareth Johnson