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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Couples Torn Apart By Crimes of Passion

City Crime Statistics
 May 15-21 
Theft (total)973339
 For the Record 
Car accidents227
a) killed8
b) injured253
Public drunkenness4,732
Detained overnight333
Source: Moscow police

It's been an eventful few weeks for crimes of passion.

So far this month: A retired traffic police officer shot his wife and a male companion after finding them together at a family dacha. A man was arrested on suspicion of strangling his wife's lover to death and stealing his Lexus. And a woman was sentenced to five years in prison for stabbing her fiance to death less than a day after they submitted their marriage application.

The former police officer, Alexander Tereshchenko, 57, found his wife, Nina, together with Ivan Sokolov, 49, a manual laborer, at their dacha on Monday in the village of Agafonovo, just outside of Moscow, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Tuesday.

Tereshchenko shot his wife in the head with a sawed-off shotgun, and Sokolov in the groin area, the daily said.

He fled the scene, holed himself up in a garage near his home and fired at police attempting to arrest him through the garage roof and doors, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

Tereshchenko surrendered after he ran out of ammunition.

He was carrying a hunting rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and a homemade revolver, and he initially had more than 100 rounds of ammunition, Interfax reported, citing a law enforcement source.

Officials at the Moscow regional prosecutor's office, which is handling the case, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Tereshchenko faces up to life in prison if charged and convicted of murder.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of strangling his wife's lover after coming home to find the two in a compromising position, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Tuesday.

City police and prosecutors had no immediate comment on the case. But the newspaper said the victim, a 42-year-old Moscow resident named Sergei, was a car lover who had recently purchased a new Lexus RX-300 on credit.

Police started looking for Sergei after his 38-year-old wife called to say he had gone missing on May 8, the report said.

As it turned out, Sergei told his wife on the day he disappeared that he was heading out to take care of the car, though in fact he went to his lover's apartment across town. The lover's husband, Alexei, caught the two in a tryst, strangled Sergei, and disposed of the body. Alexei was driving the new Lexus when he was arrested in Lyubertsy, a town on Moscow's southern outskirts.

Alexei had previously served prison time on a murder conviction.

In Mytishchi, 19 kilometers northeast of Moscow, a 33-year-old mother of two was sentenced to five years in prison last week for stabbing her fiance to death during a drunken argument in December, said Ruslan Dolgov, deputy head of the Mytishchi prosecutor's office.

Dolgov said the woman, Olga, and her fiance, Roman, were celebrating over vodka after submitting their marriage application the previous day, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

After drinking about 1.5 liters of vodka together with a female friend, Olga wanted to continue the festivities with a hen party, while Roman insisted that she come home with him.

Upon returning home, the couple began arguing, and Olga grabbed a kitchen knife, stabbed her fiance in the back and left the apartment. One of her two sons discovered the wounded man and ran after his mother, who returned home and called an ambulance. But Roman died before help arrived.

Her sons are 10 and 15 years old. It was unclear which one had found the fiance.

Dolgov could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The woman was convicted of murder and will serve out her sentence in a regular-security prison.