- Title: Three killed in Russia court after defendants try to grab officers' guns
- Date: 1st August 2017
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AUGUST 1, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR COURT BUILDING
- Embargoed: 15th August 2017 15:29
- Keywords: Moscow court attack defendants
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0036SBQS7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Three people being taken to stand trial in a Moscow court were shot dead after they tried to grab side-arms from court security officers and escape, Russian law enforcement officials said on Tuesday (August 1).
Five defendants were in a lift in the Moscow regional court building when they tried to seize the weapons from the officers escorting them, a spokeswoman for Russian Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, told in a video comment.
She said that three of the defendants were shot as they tried to escape, and two others were wounded.
A lawyer for the defendants, citing the chief investigator in their case, told Reuters earlier that four of the accused had been killed in a gunfight which broke out in the building of the Moscow Regional Court.
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