Moscow police officer suspected of killing family of three

A police officer who is suspected of killing his neighbors has been detained in Lyubertsy, Moscow region, the press service for the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow, told Interfax.

A police officer who is suspected of killing his neighbors has been detained in Lyubertsy, Moscow region, the press service for the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow, told Interfax.

"A senior official with the interior affairs escort department for the Western Administrative District of the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow was detained in Lyubertsy on May 25," the press service said.

This official "lived in a communal apartment with his neighbors and had a grassroots conflict with them," the source said.

"There is information that one of the conflicts developed into a fight, which ended in a tragedy: a family of three, a couple and their seven-year-old son, were killed," the source said.

The press service said the police official, who is suspected of committing a crime, "is now in a mentally disturbed state and will most likely undergo a mental evaluation."

Anatoly Yakunin, the head of the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow, has arrived at the scene.

A probe is underway. On the basis of its results, the police officer's superiors will be punished and may even be fired from the Interior Ministry, the press service for the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow said.

The police officer, aged 37, studied in the Landing Force School, Served in the landing Force, and worked in the Federal Drug Control Service. His latest employment is the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow. There are no remarks on any health problems in his personal file, the press service for the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow said.

The suspect said his neighbor, who had a criminal record, "kept finding fault with him and that constantly led to conflicts." The suspect also said that "the last conflict took place on Monday morning, when his apartment was left without power because the neighbors had removed the screw-plug fuse."

The policeman said that "after a remark was made, his neighbor, wielding a knife, and his wife attacked him." The suspect said he automatically used his paratrooper's skills, got the knife and killed the couple.

The suspect says he "was already temporarily insane when he killed the child."

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