As reported by Censor.NET citing the local police press service, the gunman shot and injured the city council security guard and took out a patrol police officer who was the first responder. The law enforcers later put the assailant down.
"The police were reported shots being fired outside the city council building around 12:37 a.m. A patrol police unit was immediately sent to the scene. Upon arrival, the officers saw the wounded security guard near the entrance to the building and the attacker who started shooting at them," the report reads.
Kharkiv region police Chief Oleh Bekh reported from the scene that the police officers used firearms to neutralize the attacker as it was stipulated by the Law of Ukraine "On the National Police." The law enforcers are now trying to ID the perpetrator. The city council security guard and the police officer were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. However, the doctors failed to save the policeman’s life. The wounded security guard is in serious but stable condition.
Local media outlet Kharkiv.Live later released footage of the shootout.
The beginning of the Aug. 20 gunfight outside the Kharkiv City Council:
The news outlet said the attacker made about 10 shots at the door of the building and wounded the security guard after which entered the city council. Two police officers who were the first responders tried to negotiate with the assailant but he opened fire being inside the building and shot one of the law enforcers. The perpetrator later left the building and was gunned down by the police.