Police Official and Son Gunned Down

A senior regional Interior Ministry official and his son were shot dead Wednesday morning in North Ossetia, RIA-Novosti reported.

Unidentified assailants fired on Vitaly Cheldiyev, head of criminal investigations with the ministry's North Ossetian branch, and his 20-year-old son with automatic weapons in Vladikavkaz.

"We believe Cheldiyev was on his way to work and wanted to drop his son off at his institute along the way," a police source told RIA-Novosti.

No suspects have been detained.

It was the second slaying this year of a senior police official in North Ossetia. In March, armed attackers in Vladikavkaz gunned down Mark Metsayev, head of the anti-organized crime department at the regional Interior Ministry. It was Cheldiyev who replaced Metsayev before being promoted to head criminal investigations two months ago, the report said.