MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. The fourth suspect in the murder of the former head of police in the city of Syzran Andrei Gosht and his family has been detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport upon arrival from Dushanbe, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Wednesday.
"As part of the criminal investigation, the investigator gave instructions to the operative services, including on tracing the whereabouts and detaining another suspect in this crime. Interior Ministry officers detained a man at Domodedovo airport as a suspect who arrived aboard the Dushanbe-Moscow flight. Employees of Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry earlier established that the suspect intended to fly from Dushanbe to Moscow," Markin said.
Head of the Interior Ministry’s main department in the Samara region Sergei Solodovnikov earlier told reporters that the fourth defendant in the case was detained on Tuesday while trying to cross the Tajik-Afghan border. After that the suspect was sent to Moscow. He is expected to be brought to Syzran for carrying out investigative actions.
In the morning of April 24, six persons - two men and four women - were found murdered in a private house in the village of Ivashevka in Syzran district of the Samara region. One of the men was identified as Andrei Gosht, a deputy chief of the Samara region interior headquarters. The others were members of his family.
Gosht and his family were attacked while sleeping and died from head trauma caused by a blunt weapon, the Investigative Committee reported. The survivor girl aged seven, the police officer’s niece, was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
Three suspects were detained overnight on April 30 and May 1. They offered no resistance and later gave a confession.