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Two GMP officers to face gross misconduct hearing

PC Ian Terry Photo: ITV Granada

Two officers from Greater Manchester Police will face a gross misconduct hearing over the death of a police officer who was shot during a training exercise.

PC Ian Terry was hit once in the chest, while he was role playing the part of a criminal, in June 2008.

The officer who fired the fatal shot and another who organised the training exercise face an internal police hearing.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said a third officer, who has since retired, will not face the hearing.

In a statement the IPCC said:

"I agree the three officers have a case to answer for gross misconduct and they should face a hearing.

"One officer is now outside of the misconduct system having chosen to retire. There is nothing the IPCC can do to stop the officer retiring. It is an unfortunate and disappointing result of the protracted coronial and judicial processes.

"The IPCC has always maintained that it is better for public confidence in the system for officers to face the case against them. It is something that the police service must address as it does not benefit anyone if officers are perceived to have walked away from disciplinary matters."

– IPCC Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone