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Drunken policeman in uniform shoots at cars in Sretensk in Baikal Territory

November 22, 2012, 12:58 UTC+3

Detained policeman was fired from the police. Inquiry was launched over the incident

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ULAN-UDE, November 22 (Itar-Tass) — A 31-year-old police captain and duty police officer in the Sretensk police station opened the fire spree at the cars in the town of Sretensk on Wednesday.

“The police officer has made about five gunshots from his service pistol at the Nissan car driving nearby with a local woman behind the wheel and an UAZ car, which belongs to the Baikal territorial department of the Federal Bailiff Service. No people were injured in the fire spree,” spokesman of the Baikal territorial investigation department of the Russian Investigation Committee Yegor Markov told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“At the moment of the incident the police officer was drunk at the time free from the police service, but he was wearing the uniform,” Markov noted.

The call about a man, who was shooting at the cars in the streets, came in the law enforcement agencies at about 22:00 local time (16:00 Moscow time) on November 21. Several hours later the police detained the police shooter.

The inquiry was launched over the incident. “The detectives are working with the detained policeman and are interrogating the witnesses of the incident. The police requested for the documents necessary for the investigation and the materials characterizing the policeman. The detectives will be searching through the crime scene and will be examining the damaged cars. Upon the results of the inquiry a procedural decision will be taken,” Markov noted.

“For the service inquiry chief of the police department in the Baikal Territory Mikhail Polivin rushed to the incident site. The detained policeman was fired from the police. The police chief in the Sretensk district, an aide of the police chief for the work with the police staff, a duty police officer in the Sretensk district, a duty police officer in the district police station that was controlling the activities of police at the moment of the incident will be investigated for the compliance with their duties at the posts,” the police department in the Baikal Territory said.

The reasons, for which the policeman opened fire at the cars, are not reported officially. However, according to some reports, the alcohol intoxication triggered the feeling in the policeman that the cars wanted to hit him.


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