Three suspects were shot dead as they attempted to flee a court just outside Moscow, officials said. The men were on trial as presumed members of a criminal group dubbed the ‘GTA Gang’.
“Three suspects have been shot dead and two others injured while trying to make their way from the lift after emergency opening of the doors,” local police spokesperson Tatiana Petrova said in a statement. She added that two police officers were injured.
Svetlana Petrenko, spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee, said one of the suspects tried to choke an escort officer while in a lift at Moscow Region Court.
“In the end, they managed to seize the escort’s weapons, but one of the officers was able to call in reinforcement from the National Guard,” she told TASS.