Former Cheshire Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy will be charged over the death of Salford father Anthony Grainger in his role as Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police.
The 36-year-old was shot and killed by a GMP officer on March 3, 2012, during a planned operation to arrest a group of men on suspicion of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Mr Fahy is accused of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act as he is 'corporation sole' for the force, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
This is a legal status and means that he does not share criminal liability or will personally have to appear in court.
The CPS today issued a statement that said 'after careful consideration of all the evidence in this case, that there is sufficient evidence to prove that Greater Manchester Police breached the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act by failing to ensure that unnecessary risk to the suspects was avoided. It is alleged that an unnecessary exposure to risk was caused by serious deficiencies in the preparation for the police operation.'
The first hearing will take place on February 10 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The firearms officer who pulled the trigger will not face any charges, the CPS confirmed.