Sgt. Olexandr Prychypoida and Cpt. Lt. Mykola Khomenko testified in court, claiming that their colleague Denys Lyakhvatsky was the one to open fire on the night when the tragedy in Mykolaiv region took place.
According to Prychypoida, by the time they reached the crime scene, Zuckerman was all covered in blood, and his head was cracked open. The policemen said they never beaten him; on the contrary, they ran away from him as he had chased them with a shovel.
Then, Prychypoida said, his colleague Denys Lyakhvatsky took the sidearm and fired at Zuckerman two or three times. The policeman stressed their lives were in danger at the moment.
Captain Lieutenant Mykola Khomenko confirmed his colleague’s version.
It turned out that Khomenko previously served with Ukrainian troops during the ongoing Donbas conflict.