“The murder of Alexei Petrov is a crime with factual and legal complexity given his biography. All processes need to be investigated. No need to rush. We have two versions that cumulate multiple subversions. One is related to the private life, and the other, that the murder is related to the business and private activity of Aleksey Petrov.” This was announced by the chief secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Zhivko Kotsev, in an interview with Nova TV.
The death of a young man is disturbing. This is an alarming event. But on the other hand, let’s recall that the colleagues reacted to a report of the commission and preparation of another crime. A robbery has previously been committed, and robbery is a crime with a high degree of public danger. As a senior professional leader, I defend every lawful action by police officers. I openly advocate the thesis that our police officers need self-confidence, Kotsev said in a comment on the case of the young man killed by a uniformed man.
“On the evening in question, the colleague took advantage of one of the many powers granted by the Law on the Ministry of Internal Affairs. One of them is the use of weapons when absolutely necessary. We have crime reporting, response, rapid suspect location, failure to comply with police orders, pursuits and the use of weapons. The use of weapons is after warning shots have been fired. His behavior is reprehensible, as he also carried a personal weapon with him. There is an instruction in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, according to which employees perform their duties with service weapons”, he clarified.
The distance from which the shot was fired is the subject of an investigation within the ongoing investigation. When asked if there was an absolute necessity to use a firearm, Kotsev explained: “According to the police reports, the necessity to use a weapon is justified. In my opinion, there was a need, but this is yet to be clarified”. It will be clarified whether the uniformed person fell under the conditions of unavoidable defense. “I do not have such data,” added the general secretary.