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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Hunts For Tax Police Attackers

Police searched for suspects Tuesday in an attack on a city tax police office that left a guard dead and another knocked unconscious.

Three intruders broke in through the window of the 10th Department of the City Tax Police at 22 Sadovaya-Karetnaya Ulitsa at about 3:30 a.m. Monday, officials said.

Vadim Klementiev, 24, was shot dead, and his partner, Captain Alexander Matytsin, was knocked unconscious and tied up, but was able to summon police about an hour later.

Klementiev is the second tax police officer to be killed in the line of duty since the service was founded five years ago. The attack was the first on a tax police building.

The tax police are less than popular in Russia, where they have fought a losing battle against rampant tax evasion by businesses and individuals.

The three attackers broke open safes and knocked down doors, tax officials said Tuesday. Preliminary evidence shows nothing was stolen, they said. The motive for the attack is unknown and no suspects have been detained.

Tax police officials, who declined to be identified, said the attackers broke through the window of the first floor office by putting tape on the window to muffle the noise of breaking glass.

One official said Klementiev and Matytsin had their weapons stored in a safe, a circumstance he could not explain. Klementiev was apparently shot, possibly with a handgun equipped with a silencer, while trying to get his own gun.

Matytsin was sleeping at the time and apparently awoke when the attackers began rummaging through the office.

Another official said the office had a burglar alarm that apparently didn't go off.

The 10th department performed all of the regular functions of any other city tax police branch, officials said.

Klementiev and Matytsin worked in the office during the day and performed guard duty at night when scheduled.

Klementiev leaves a wife and 2-year-old son.