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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Shoot Violent Metro Passenger

City Crime Statistics
 July 10 – 16* 
Theft (total)804331
 For the Record 
Car accidents200
a) killed19
b) injured236
Public drunkenness3,825
Detained overnight279
*City police said statistics for July 10 were missing due to technical problems.
Source: Moscow police

A metro police officer killed a man in self-defense after he was attacked for trying to issue a fine for drinking alcohol and smoking inside a central metro station, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Senior sergeant Alexei Golosov, 22, was patrolling the Red Line portion of the Park Kultury metro station at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he tried to fine three men for drinking and smoking on the platform, said Sergei Savenkov, head of the Moscow Metro Prosecutor's Office.

"He brought them back to the precinct at the station, and they attacked him when he tried to check their documents," Savenkov said.

What followed was a melee that left one assailant dead and Golosov brutally beaten, prosecutors said. After the men attacked him, Golosov fired his gun, hitting a 28-year-old Penza resident identified in the police report by his last name, Kuznetsov, who died at the scene.

The two other men wrestled the gun away from Golosov, aimed it at his head pulled the trigger several times, Savenkov said. The gun jammed, however, and they were unable to fire any shots.

The assailants proceeded to punch and kick him, leaving him unconscious in the precinct, where a colleague found him several hours later. He was hospitalized with critical injuries but was in stable condition Tuesday.

"We expect him to be released in about 10 days," Savenkov said.

Hours after the attack, police arrested Andrei Sidelshchikov, 27, a resident of the Tambov region, who was in possession of Golosov's gun at Kazansky Station.

The third assailant, Oleg Bazykin, 31, also a Tambov region resident, was still at large Tuesday and had a federal warrant out for his arrest.

Sidelshchikov has been charged with aggravated assault on an officer and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

A preliminary investigation has established that Golosov was justified in his use of force.

While passengers often drink beer in the metro, drinking any kind of alcohol is forbidden and punishable by fines pegged to alcohol content.

Consumption of a beverage containing 12 percent alcohol or less is punishable by a maximum 300 ruble fine, while anyone caught drinking anything above 12 percent can be fined up to 1,500 rubles, a metro spokeswoman said.

Anyone caught smoking in the metro can be fined up to 1,000 rubles, while drunkenness is punishable by a fine of up to 500 rubles or incarceration of up to 15 days, she said.