Former Candy Factory Owner Kills Guard, Injures 3 Others

Moscow man said plant was 'seized with the use of fake documents'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 29, 2017 12:01 AM CST
Ex-Owner of Candy Factory Accused of Killing Guard
Police officers block access to a candy factory where the former owner killed a security guard and injured three people in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

The former owner of a Russian candy factory has been ordered to remain in jail while the slaying of a plant security guard is under investigation. Investigators said Ilya Averyanov argued with the factory's new owner and opened fire with a hunting rifle on Wednesday, killing the guard and wounding three other people. Averyanov then told a radio station that he had barricaded himself inside the Moscow plant and was defending himself against a "gang" that had colluded with Moscow prosecutors to seize his property, the AP reports.

"My plant was seized with the use of fake documents, they have ruined me," Averyanov told the radio station, per the Moscow Times. "I have a service weapon and used it in defense today." Averyanov told a court Thursday he didn't kill anyone and pleaded to be put under house arrest. The court instead ordered him jailed for two months. (More Moscow stories.)

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