ST. PETERSBURG, December 11 (Itar-Tass) — The criminal case was opened under Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code for hooliganism against two policemen, who opened fire from the traumatic pistols at a shuttle taxi in St. Petersburg late in the evening on Monday, the St. Petersburg main investigation department of the Russian Investigation Committee told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
The shooting incident, in which the driver of the shuttle taxi was injured, occurred in the Primorsky district. The detectives found that both policemen were drunken at the moment of the incident. The policemen were found “to make four shots from the traumatic pistols without any good reasons for this at a PAZ minivan number 123, wounding the driver in the right hand and damaging the driver’s door and the window of the minivan.”
Alexander Shkitov, 25, and Alexander Zavalsky, 38, were detained. Two traumatic pistols PM and Osa were confiscated from the scene.
“Shkitov and Zavalsky refused to give any testimony. The measure of restraint for the suspects is about to be ruled and the accusations are about to be brought against them,” a source in the St. Petersburg main investigation department said.
Chief of the local police department Maj. Gen. Sergei Umnov was given tough orders to conduct a thorough service inquiry into the incident and dismiss the policemen from the police for their service discrediting reasons.