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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taganrog Mayor Gunned Down

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia -- The mayor of Taganrog was shot and killed outside his apartment building in what police on Thursday called a probable contract killing.

Sergei Shilo had arrived home in his official car on Wednesday night and was approaching the entrance to the building when a man approached and shot him twice in the back, said Alexander Naumenko, the police official leading the investigation. Shilo's driver got out of the car and tried to intervene but he was shot and wounded. Shilo died in a hospital about two hours after the attack, Naumenko said.

"Sergei Shilo was probably the victim of a contract killing connected with his occupation," Naumenko said.

Taganrog, on the Sea of Azov, is one of the biggest ports in southern Russia.