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A robber armed with a baseball bat died after being held for more than 17 minutes after struggling with an off-duty police officer and a retired police officer, an inquest has heard.

Shane Bryant, from Birmingham, fell ill at the scene of a raid on a supermarket in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on July 13, 2017, and was pronounced dead two days later.

North Leicestershire’s Coroner’s Court heard the ‘extremely muscular’ 29-year-old dragged a female staff member away from the counter in the Co-op store before forcing them to open a safe just before 10pm.

A jury panel was then told that an off-duty officer and about eight other people, including a retired officer who was drinking at the adjacent cafe, The Tap, visited the store after noticing something was amiss.

A robber armed with a baseball bat died after being held for more than 17 minutes after struggling with an off-duty police officer and a retired police officer, an inquest has heard. Shane Bryant, from Birmingham, fell ill at the scene of a raid on a supermarket in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on July 13, 2017, and was pronounced dead two days later.

After failing to detain his accomplice, who had escaped through an opening in the store’s security gate, the off-duty officer and another member of the public entered the store to pursue Bryant.

The inquest learned that when the pair made attempts to detain him, Bryant responded by resisting “violently” and, after the audience member was knocked to the ground, the robber “continued to stomp on his head.” .

When he tried to escape, the judges heard that Bryant ended up “banging his head on the concrete floor” and falling backwards into the group outside the store’s door.

Assistant coroner Michael Auty QC told the inquest that Bryant was then brought to the ground before his “escape driver” climbed the sidewalk, forcing the retired officer to drag the robber out of the path of the car.

Auty said the retired officer then pushed Bryant’s head to the ground before punching him and putting him in a headlock.

“Mr. Bryant was held for something on the order of 17 minutes and 12 seconds in total,” he said.

The Coroner's Court in North Leicestershire heard the 'extremely muscular' 29-year-old dragged a female staff member away from the counter in the Co-op store before forcing them to open a safe just before 10pm.  A jury panel was then told that an off-duty officer and about eight other people, including a retired officer who was drinking at the adjacent cafe, The Tap, visited the store after noticing something was amiss.  Above: Bryant with his mother Lorraine

North Leicestershire’s Coroner’s Court heard the ‘extremely muscular’ 29-year-old dragged a female staff member away from the counter in the Co-op store before forcing them to open a safe just before 10pm. A jury panel was then told that an off-duty officer and about eight other people, including a retired officer who was drinking at the adjacent cafe, The Tap, visited the store after noticing something was amiss. Above: Bryant with his mother Lorraine

Outlining the facts of the case on Monday, Auty said: ‘Shane Bryant was one of three men who arrived together in an Audi outside the Co-op store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

“It’s up to you whether those three men were there to commit an armed robbery on that property.

“They all wore dark clothes and they all wore balaclavas . . . no doubt with the intention of disguising their appearance.

“While a third man waited in the car, Shane Bryant and his accomplice were armed, in the case of Shane Bryant with a baseball bat and his accomplice with a golf club.

After failing to detain his accomplice, who had escaped through an opening in the store's security gate, the off-duty officer and another member of the public entered the store to pursue Bryant.  Pictured: The police cordon outside the store in 2017

After failing to detain his accomplice, who had escaped through an opening in the store’s security gate, the off-duty officer and another member of the public entered the store to pursue Bryant. Pictured: The police cordon outside the store in 2017

“You could conclude that this was clearly a planned and sophisticated attack on this property.”

Addressing the jury, Mr Auty added, “What you’re looking at here is the reasonableness or otherwise of Shane Bryant’s detention and restraint.”

Before the assistant coroner addressed the jury, Bryant’s brother Dean went to the witness stand to give a “pen portrait.”

On behalf of his daughter, Bryant’s niece, he said: “This may be another black man who died in controversial circumstances, but to us he was just another son, brother, father and uncle.

The inquest found that when the pair made attempts to detain him, Bryant responded by resisting

The inquest found that when the pair made attempts to detain him, Bryant responded by resisting “violently” and, after the audience member was knocked to the ground, the robber “continued to stomp on his head.” ‘

“Throughout Shane’s life, there were times when he was misunderstood. He was an energetic, cheerful, imaginative and creative person.

“It is very difficult for us to understand why Shane became involved in the crime at the Co-op at the time of his death.

“As a family, we had no doubt that Shane should have been arrested for his crime, he should have gone to jail for his crime, but he shouldn’t have ended up in a coffin.”

The investigation, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.

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