Teens live-stream shootout with cops before taking their own lives
A 15-year-old couple live streamed themselves firing guns at police on Periscope before being found dead by officers.
The school kids, who reportedly took their own lives as part of a suicide pact, were found inside a house in the northwestern Pskov region of Russia.
The National Guard special forces said in a statement to TASS news agency that they found “the bodies of a girl and a young man with clear signs of suicide,” stressing that the authorities did not open fire.
The teens streamed footage of their last hours on the Periscope app, where they answered classmates questions, drank and smoked, all while armed.
According to reports the couple, named by Russian media as Denis and Katya, got their hands on the weapons from Katya’s stepfather who is allegedly in the military.
Police were called to the house in the village of Krasniye Strugi as part of the search for a missing teenager, only for a police car to come under gunfire.
Denis is shown firing a rifle from the window of the wooden house at a police van.
Officers spent hours negotiating then stormed the house using stun grenades and found the teenagers shot dead, investigators said.
The teens had spoken about problems with their parents, Denis claimed to have shot Katya’s mum in the leg and they both feared decades in jail if their surrendered.
“This is a terrible tragedy. We’re looking into the circumstances and the details of what happened,” said Russian children’s ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova.