A pre-trial investigation into the actions of police officers and handling of service weapons was launched after Thursday's incident when a fugitive fled from a police vehicle with an officer's automatic rifle. The investigation has been transferred to Vilnius Regional Prosecutor's Office.
Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis says that the police will launch an internal investigation into the actions of officers that led to the escape of a fugitive who also stole an automatic rifle. According to the minister, there is no reason for any resignations of high-ranking officers.
An extraordinary chase operation was held in Vilnius in Thursday evening. Around 3,000 police officers were searching for Igor Molotkov, a detainee who managed to grab a Kalashnikov rifle from the police and run. After five hours of manhunt, the fugitive was arrested near the Railway Station, on Palesos street.