Policeman shoots from traumatic pistol in metro for self-defense

March 21, 2010 11:30 am 

MOSCOW, March 20 — A policeman, who was shooting from a traumatic pistol in the Moscow metro on Thursday evening, protected himself from an attack and shot for self-defense, the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday.

A senior police inspector from the public order department of the Interior Ministry was coming home in the metro and made a remark to a young man, who did not cede a seat to an elderly woman. “When coming out from the metro carriage the police colonel was pushed in the back, and the man, to whom the colonel has made a remark, pulled out a gas spray container and sprayed several times in the face of the colonel,” the press center reported.

“In retaliation the policeman took out a traumatic pistol Strazhnik (Guard) and made two shots in the attacker, a bullet hit in the shin a young woman standing at the metro station, the second bullet got stuck in the fur coat of the young woman,” the press center said. “The young woman was brought the Sklifosovsky First Aid Clinic with a light injury,” the press center reported.

“A police patrol brought the police colonel, the second participant in the conflict and the second young woman to a police station at the Moscow metro, where they were writing the explanations. The young woman testified that she did not have any claims to the policeman, and the police colonel pledged to indemnify the damages himself,” the press center reported.

“Currently the collected materials were passed over to the transport prosecutor’s office to take a procedural decision,” the press center said.

Meanwhile, the scandal is fanning up around one more policeman, Maj. Gen. Yevgeny Novikov, who is the deputy chief of the public order department of the Russian Interior Ministry. According to some media reports, the general opened fire at the public venue and a criminal case was instituted versus him for hooliganism.

Several cases have taken place in Russia recently, when traumatic pistols were used for settling scores in the road conflicts and household quarrels. An incident that took place on the New Year eve, when a policeman injured from a traumatic pistol a snowplough operator, and the latter died of bleeding, was highly publicized.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed discontent at the situation with traumatic guns, which are actually sold without any control. “No one knows what happens with this pistol in the future, where it is used and with what consequences. It is sold to everybody – to people, who have previous convictions and who are already brought to criminal responsibility, and to people, who have mental disorders,” the president elaborated.

Medvedev demanded from Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev to draft new tougher regulations to handle the traumatic guns. “Other types of weapons are subject to special regulation, and this dangerous type of weapons, which often cause injuries and death, is insufficiently regulated in our country,” Medvedev stressed. “It is necessary to put the situation in order, work out proposals and report to me within ten days,” the president ordered.

According to the Interior Ministry’s statistics, about 1,500 crimes with the use of traumatic guns have been committed for the last five years. More than 60 people were killed, and other 600 people were injured in these crimes. (PNA/Itar-Tass)

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