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 "We didn't have time to say a word. He jumped out and started shooting after three seconds," - surviving security police driver on Kniazhychi shooting

A driver of security police crew that was involved in the deadly shooting in Kniazhychi, the Kyiv region, on Dec. 4, told reporters that the shooting started unexpectedly right after the detention of two men near the house where the security alarm went off.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda.

The driver, who came to bid farewell to his comrades, says that Kyiv police officers realized the persons they killed were not criminals after they checked the documents of security police servicemen after the shooting.

"They were checking the IDs and made sure we were employees of the State Security Police. The one that was looking at the documents shouted: 'Guys, this is SSP! Lord, what have we done? We shot police servicemen dead!' I was lying on the ground and could hear it," said Valentyn, the surviving driver.

Read more: Investigation of Kniazhychi tragedy will last one week: many people to be questioned, face-to-face confrontation to be set up, - Acting Police Head Troian

Five police officers were shot dead in a fire exchange between members of different police squads in the village of Kniazhychi Dec. 4. Two of them were servicemen of the security police, two were police investigators, and one was a KORD special purpose unit serviceman.

Interior Ministry Adviser Anton Herashchenko wrote it was an accidental skirmish caused by a mistake that led to the deaths of five servicemen.

The tragedy in the village of Kniazhychi occurred during a special operation on apprehension of a dangerous group of criminals who committed robberies in the city of Kyiv and the Kyiv region. The three violators were later apprehended by police.

The prosecutor's office of the Kyiv region is conducting pre-trial investigation into the incident.

Acting National Police Head Vadym Troian claims the criminal gang acted under the cover of law enforcers.

 
 
 
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