According to Euroradio, a shootout occurred in Minsk on September 28 during a raid on the apartments.
“During an “inspection of apartments,” a resident resisted the law enforcement officers, shooting and killing one of them with a hunting rifle. The law enforcers returned fire shooting and killing the man. The wounded KGB officer later died,” reports the newspaper.
The Belarusian KGB confirmed the incident:
“Today, during a special inspection of the apartments with people involved in terrorist activities, man fired a shotgun at law enforcement officers. A particularly dangerous criminal fatally wounded an employee of the State Security Committee. The fire was returned, and the perpetrator was killed. The officer later died of injuries.”
The criminal case under part 2 of article 139 of the Criminal Code (“murder of a person in connection with his official activities”) was opened.
According to preliminary information, the shooter was Andrey Zeltsar, an employee of EPAM Systems.
Belsat source in EPAM confirmed that an employee with that name and surname indeed worked in the Belarusian office of the company. Based on his Instagram, he was keen on photography and weapons.
According to neighbors, Andrey lived with his wife in her apartment. They were raising a son who went to elementary school. It is unclead where the child was at the time of the shooting, Nasha Niva reports.
“It is too early to comment. But there are more questions than answers,” representative BYPOL, an initiative of Belarusian security forces, told Belsat.