According to him, the policemen stopped a car with tinted windows at a checkpoint. After the officers asked to show IDs and get out of the car for inspection, silenced gunshots rang out from inside the car.
"The shots were made by a professional. Three headshots aimed at police officers and three hits. One Sokil employee, who later died in hospital, lost consciousness at the scene. The other two policemen, despite being wounded, opened fire on the car and continued pursuit of the terrorists, killing one of them. The pursuit of the second one was aborted due to significant blood loss and unconsciousness of one of two wounded policemen," Herashchenko noted.
He also noted that Mariupol police garrison was placed on alert to intercept the terrorists. The police found the car abandoned by the terrorists which had explosives and a set of detonators in it.
"This is the second policeman killed at the forefront of the fight against terrorism in two days. The policeman's name was Vitalii Mandrik. He was a native of the Donetsk region. He was 27 years old. Before Donetsk was captured by the terrorists, he served in the city's Sokil unit. He remains faithful to the oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine. He left Donetsk with his wife and one-year-old child. He lived in a rented apartment on the outskirts of Mariupol on the modest police salary. He performed combat missions at the forefront in Debaltseve, Mariinka, Pisky," the adviser wrote.
He also called on Ukrainians to stop setting the police against the society and label the Interior Ministry employees as thieves and extortionists.
"Yes, there are bad guys in police and not so few. But on the whole, the vector of police reform chosen by Arsen Avakov is the right one! Only brave people ready to risk their lives and health to stop the criminals and prevent terrorist acts will remain in the police force," Herashchenko concluded.