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Police officer in Ukraine, are mourning the loss of their colleagues who died in a shootout with each other.
The Criminal Police Unit in Kiev, said that the incident began when they set up a police operation to catch three thieves, who were suspected of committed a few armed robberies in the area.
Police learned that the suspects were planning to rob a home in Knyazhychi at 4:00 a.m., so they set up a sting operation to catch the suspects.
However, something went very wrong and the events unfolded like nobody could have expected.
Two undercover police officers were hiding in an unfinished house as they were preparing to signal to the other officers when suspects arrive.
However, unexpectedly, a security alarm in a neighboring home went off, prompting the arrival of a Protection Police team, which is the division that provides security services to individuals and businesses.
The Protection Police officers who arrived, followed the fresh footsteps in the snow that led to the unfinished house, where the police officers were hiding.
When the Protection Police saw people hiding inside the unfinished home, they assumed that they were the thieves who caused the alarm to go off, and they placed the undercover officers in handcuffs.
The rest of the Criminal Police officers who waited in the vicinity and witnessed the scene, thought that the criminals had discovered their colleagues and took them hostage.
They went to “rescue” the undercover officers with the help of the KORD unit, a division of the national police, similar to the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams.
A shootout broke out between all three police units and five officers were killed.
Meanwhile, the three wanted suspects who came to rob the home, heard the shooting and fled from the scene. They were eventually caught and arrested.
Police identified the victims as two Protection Police officers, two Criminal Police officers and one officer from the KORD unit.
Former Chief of National Police Khatia Dekanoidze called the shooting between the police officers a “heartbreaking tragedy.”
Police are now investigating what went wrong. An internal investigation was also launched and all 25 police officers who were involved in the incident were reportedly placed on paid leave until the investigation is complete.