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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Arrest a Junior Sergeant in Pumane Death Investigation

Prosecutors have named a second suspect in the case of alleged police violence that led to the death of Alexander Pumane, a man detained for driving a car rigged with explosives in the center of Moscow last month.

Junior Sergeant Yevgeny Gulin, 23, was detained on Wednesday, said Svetlana Peterenko, a spokeswoman for the City Prosecutor's Office.

Gulin was one of the three officers from Precinct No. 83 that detained Pumane on Sept. 18.

Kommersant and Moskovsky Komsomolets reported on Friday that Gulin was a suspect because he asked for, and received, handcuffs from the precinct's duty police officer immediately after Pumane arrived at the precinct.

Investigators believe that the handcuffs were used during Pumane's interrogation in the precinct's basement, Kommersant reported.

Judging by marks on Pumane's wrists, he was handcuffed when he was lethally injured, the newspaper cited sources close to the investigation as saying. But investigators said that Gulin did not take part in the interrogation, Kommersant reported.

Gulin said that he needed the handcuffs to locate and detain the man whom Pumane said had asked him to drive the car, the paper said.

Police have said they are also looking for Major Vyacheslav Dushenko, a counterterrorism police officer, who has been charged with overstepping his authority and inflicting grievous bodily injuries that led to Pumane's death.