The boss of an ice cream worker who died after he was shot with a Taser said he could have prevented his death if he had been able to talk to him.
Jordan Begley suffered a "medical episode" after police fired the stun in Gorton whilst responding to a call that a man had a knife.
Jordan, 23, who lived with his mother Dorothy in Beard Road, had finished work about an hour earlier at Sivori's ice cream factory in nearby Levenshulme.
Joint owner Peter Sivori, 77, said he was driving past in his ice cream van when he saw Jordan standing outside his terraced home with police.
When I saw him he waved at me and tried to explain to the police that I was his employer so a policeman came over and asked 'is that true?' and I said it is true. The lad was pointing to me. He seemed to be in good condition then. I was stood about 30 or 40 yards away and couldn't get to him. The police said they had got a complaint. I said to the policeman do you want me to come over, and he said it's a police matter and could I move on. I thought they were quite aggressive.
He (Jordan) has always been respectful to me so I would have asked what's wrong. All I can say is that I think if I would have been able to speak to him I think I would have calmed him down. I would have tried to help the lad. I feel I could have done some good but I'm not sure. I don't know what happened in the house.
Mr Sivori drove off before the incident escalated and Mr Begley was shot.
Mr Sivori said Mr Begley had worked for him for about four years.
Greater Manchester Police have referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.