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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Man Shot at U.S. Embassy




An intruder identified as a Russian soldier apparently trying to take a car broke into the U.S. Embassy compound Monday and was shot and wounded, officials said. Russian police said two soldiers broke into the embassy and were stopped by a U.S. Marine guard, who opened fire, Interfax reported. The wounded man was identified as Yevgeny Taynakov, 23.


A U.S. Embassy spokesman confirmed that an intruder had been wounded, but refused to give details. Itar-Tass citing Russian police said the intruder was trying to steal a car and was intoxicated. The intruder was spotted breaking into and trying to start up an embassy vehicle, which he then crashed, the embassy spokesman said.


"He was warned several times to stop. He was subdued by force,'' said the spokesman, who declined to be named. "His actions potentially endangered the lives and safety of embassy personnel.''


The wounded man was turned over to Russian authorities and was being operated on at a Moscow hospital, officials said.


The embassy statement made no mention of a second intruder. The spokesman said he did not know how the intruder gained access to the heavily guarded compound located on the Garden Ring. Russian police were hunting for the second man, also believed to be a member of the Interior Ministry's paramilitary unit 3388, Interfax said.