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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Two Cops Found Dead in Moscow Commuter Train

Two police officers were found shot dead in a commuter train in the Moscow region early Tuesday, investigators said Tuesday, one reportedly killed with a hunting rifle.

The bodies of sergeants Kirill Vafin and Vyacheslav Druzhina, two officers with the transport police precinct in the town of Serpukhov, were discovered with gunshot wounds around 1:50 a.m. in a train heading from Moscow to Serpukhov, the Investigative Committee said in a statement Tuesday.

Vafin had his service pistol stolen from him, the committee said.

The bodies were discovered when the train arrived in Chekhov, a town 77 kilometers to the south of Moscow and 22 kilometers short of Serpukhov.

The attacker shot Vafin, 26, with a hunting carbine, and shot Druzhina, 33, with his service Makarov pistol, web site Life.ru reported Tuesday, citing no sources.

Vafin and Druzhina could have managed to injure the attacker and police ordered hospital officials to report any people with gunshot or stab wounds to them, Life.ru said.

A witness to the crime helped law enforcement officials draw an image of the attacker, the web site said.

A branch of the Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case on charges of an attempt on the life of law enforcement officers and theft of weapons, which carry maximum terms of life and 15 years in prison, respectively.