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1 Sep, 2009 16:30

Charges brought against murderous major

Investigators have brought official charges against a Russian police officer who gunned down two people and injured another six in a shooting spree at a Moscow supermarket in April.

Moscow police major Denis Yevsyukov has been charged with two cases of manslaughter and 21 cases of attempted murder, according to the Investigative Committee of Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office. He has also been charged with illegal weapons possession and attempting to take the life of another police officer.

The report comes after a four-month-long investigation. Yevsyukov went on a rampage on April 27 in one of Moscow’s supermarkets, shooting everyone in his way. The bloodbath ended with two people killed and six wounded. He was revealed to have used a gun that had been on the police’s wanted list for nine years.

The results of the psychiatric investigation prove that Yevsyukov was sane when he committed the crime. He is reported to have been drunk, but according to investigators, he realized and knew exactly what he was doing. This means that if proven guilty he will not be able to evade a prison sentence. All charges will now be brought before court.

The injured and the relatives of those who were killed insist that Yevsyukov must get the death penalty. But Russia has a moratorium on capital punishment, so a life sentence would be the maximum punishment in his case.