Man who opened fire at law enforcers in Moscow region found dead

Man who opened fire at law enforcers in Moscow region found dead

The dead body of the man, who earlier opened fire at law enforcement officers in a gated community of Novye Veshki near Moscow, was found in his burnt-out house, a law enforcement source said.

"The shooter’s body was discovered in his burned-out cottage," TASS cited the source as saying.

According to the source, the body was located in the attic, in the epicenter of the blaze. It was badly charred, so his identity will be confirmed via a DNA test. The fire had spread to the total area of 69 square meters and has been fully extinguished by Wednesday.

According to a law enforcement source, a posthumous psychological and psychiatric examination will probably be held.

"Most likely, a posthumous psychological and psychiatric examination will be ordered as part of the criminal case, in order to look into his psychological condition," the source said, adding that the examination will help to to understand motives and establish some of the suspect’s psychological traits.

At 11:00 on Tuesday, the police came to the man’s residence with a warrant for a search to be carried out in an illegal firearms circulation case. The man, identified as Vladimir Bardanov, born in 1960, hurled grenades at them in response. According to preliminary reports, the suspect had a large amount of weapons and firearms at his disposal, while there was a clandestine workshop to manufacture weapons organized in the cottage itself.

A Russian National Guard officer was injured when the house was stormed. A criminal case over an attempt on the life of law enforcement personnel has been opened.

Another source told TASS that bailiffs were searching for Bardanov, who owed 150,000 rubles in tax arrears. The man had a criminal record, but details of it are unknown.

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