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4 Feb, 2010 15:30

Killer cop pleads partial guilt

Former senior police Major Denis Yevsyukov, who is on trial accused of killing two people in a Moscow supermarket shooting-spree last April, has pleaded partially guilty.

Yevsyukov has admitted to killing one person – the woman working at the cashier, and attacking several others.

“I believe that the cashier died because of me, but I don’t understand one thing – what happened with me and I won’t be able to explain it. I just hope for understanding,” Yevsyukov said in the court on Thursday.

The former policeman claims he doesn’t remember what happened on the night of April 27, 2009, when he, then-head of the police department in Moscow’s Tsaritsyno district, shot up a local supermarket, killed two and attempted to kill 22 other employees and customers of the shop.

The CCTV footage clearly shows Denis Yevsyukov walking around the supermarket with a gun in his hand, which he says he doesn’t know how he got.

Claiming he had lost his memory that night, Yevsyukov refuses to admit he shot dead a driver who gave him a lift to the supermarket. Nor does he admit he put up armed resistance to fellow policemen who came to the scene to arrest Yevsyukov.

“I couldn’t wound anyone from the police or put up physical resistance to them,” Yevsyukov said.

Contrary to his claims, a psychological examination has determined that Denis Yevsyukov was in fact of sound mind during the murderous rampage.

Yevsyukov, however, did voice his condolences to the families of his victims and apologized to Russia’s Minister of Internal Affairs Rashid Nurgaliev, former head of Moscow police Vladimir Pronin and his colleagues in police uniform for further adding to the bad reputation of the whole police force for his wrongdoings.