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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Pete Police Shoot Suspected Racist

St. Petersburg police shot and killed a 21-year-old man wanted in several racist attacks after he lunged at arresting officers with a knife, prosecutors said Friday.

A police officer shot Dmitry Borovikov, a founder of the extremist group Mad Crowd, once in the head at around 10 p.m. Thursday, St. Petersburg prosecutor's office spokeswoman Yelena Ordynskaya said.

"The officer fired a warning shot in the air, but [Borovikov] tried to stab him, and the officer was forced to take action," Ordynskaya said.

Borovikov died later in the hospital. Prosecutors were investigating whether the use of deadly force by the officer was justified, a standard procedure whenever an officer uses a weapon.

Ordynskaya said a federal warrant had been issued for Borovikov's arrest in connection with his suspected role in several racist attacks. She declined to give details because of the ongoing investigation.

Interfax, citing an unidentified police official, reported that Borovikov was a suspect in the shooting death of Senegalese student Lamzar Samba last month. Samba, a fifth-year St. Petersburg Communications University student, was killed by a single gunshot to the neck as he left Apollo, a nightclub popular among African students, early April 7.

Police have linked Borovikov to a gun that may have been used in Samba's murder, Interfax and St. Petersburg news web site Fontanka.ru reported.

Borovikov's home address is 4 Boitsova Pereulok, Interfax reported. It was in the courtyard of that building that Khursheda Sultanova, a 9-year-old Tajik girl, was stabbed to death in 2004. It was unclear whether Borovikov is suspected of involvement in the crime.

A St. Petersburg court sentenced five Mad Crowd members to prison terms in December: three got three years on charges of participating in racist attacks and two received two years on charges of inciting racial hatred and forming an extremist organization. Police have put out an arrest warrant for another Mad Crowd leader, Ruslan Melnik.