5 law enforcement officers killed in shootout in Kniazhychi as a result of confusion

Source : 112 Ukraine

Employees of the government security service took police intelligence officers for robbers
12:29, 4 December 2016

Anton Herashchenko/Facebook

5 law enforcement officers were killed as a result of a shootout between members of the State Security Service and policemen in the Kniazhychi village of Brovary district in Kyiv region on December 4 at night. This was reported on Facebook by the assistant of the Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko.

He says that the judiciary police officers received operative information that a gang that robbed about 10 houses in Kyiv and residents of Kyiv region, can commit another robbery in the Kniazhychi village.

Criminal investigation group and the KORD Special Forces went to the site.

Anton Herashchenko/Facebook

As a result of the confusion between the law enforcement officers, who arrived at the site and took police intelligence officers for robbers, a firefight occurred.

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Two employees of government security service, two police officers and a member of Special Forces KORD scouts were killed in a shootout.

Investigators are already working at the scene, they are to restore all the details of what happened per second. Gerashchenko promised that an internal investigation of the National Police will also be "complete, comprehensive and fair" and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

At the same time, the three suspects in the robbery, left the village in two Toyota Land Cruisers 200 in the direction of Kyiv, where they were detained by the law enforcement officers.

Firearms were confiscated. They are detained and will face charges of robbery, Gerashchenko said.

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