A drunken cop accidentally killed a colleague while out shooting bottles near a Chelyabinsk region railroad, Urals transportation investigators said Monday.
According to investigators, the 25-year-old policeman killed his 30-year-old colleague in February after inadvertently firing at him while passing him a rifle by the Nyazepetrovsk-Uraim railroad.
The rifle, which the pair were using for target practice, was pointed at the head of the colleague at the time.
The 30-year-old was rushed to a local hospital in an ambulance but died from his injuries.
The drunken cop has been charged with causing death through carelessness and faces up to two years in prison if convicted. It was not immediately clear why Urals investigators took so long to open the case.