Gunman Who Killed Russian Ambassador Was Policeman

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 19, 2016 Updated: December 19, 2016

Turkey’s interior minister says that the gunman who assassinated Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was a policeman.

Suleyman Soylu said that the gunman was working for the riot police squad in Ankara for the past 2 1/2 years. He identified the attacker as Mevlut Mert Altintas, born in 1994.

Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was several minutes into a speech at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition when he was shot. The assassin was later killed by police.