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Reports: Gunman Who Killed Four In Russian Village Shot Dead By Officers

  • RFE/RL

A gunman who killed at least four people in a village southeast of Moscow has been shot dead in a firefight with security personnel, Russian state media report.

TASS news agency on June 11 quoted spokeswoman Irina Volk as saying "the joint operation of the Interior Ministry and National Guard forces is over. The gunman has been eliminated."

Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said the man had also thrown grenades during an hourslong standoff that started on June 10.

"The shooter was blocked. For several hours, he was shooting, throwing grenades," RT quoted him as saying from the site.

Officials in Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry told TASS the incident started when the man began firing a hunting rifle from his house in the village of Kratovo in the Moscow region’s Ramensky District.

Authorities said National Guard fighters were deployed in an attempt to the storm the house after the man shot dead one passerby and wounded several others.

A TASS correspondent said some 200 Interior Ministry personnel were also deployed to the site.

Security personnel eventually managed to track the man down and surround him before shooting him in a firefight, the Interior Ministry spokeswoman said.

The dpa news agency reported that police suspect the incident may have developed out of a conflict with family members and neighbors.

Authorities said they found two dead bodies inside the man’s home.

The fourth victim was a woman who died after being taken to the Ramenskoye hospital.

At least two other shooting victims were wounded and taken to nearby hospitals.

Interior Minister Kolokoltsev said four officers suffered light injuries.

With reporting by TASS, RT, dpa, and Interfax
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