Former Organized Crime Police Chief Gunned Down in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Unidentified gunmen in Ukraine's Dnepropetrovsk province opened fire on a car carrying the former first deputy chief of regional police, who also headed the department combating organized crime.

Eduard Shevchenko was killed on the spot, the press service of regional police said on Wednesday.

Shevchenko was gunned down on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators found one of the assault rifles which belonged to the criminals, and a car in which they fled the scene of crime.

The car found by police was badly burnt.

Shevchenko headed the regional organized crime department from 2001 to April 2005.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said 868 police have been killed and another 5,672 have been wounded in performance of their duties since the republic gained independence.

Seventeen Ukrainian police were killed and another 90 have been killed this year.

Source: Itar-Tass