Police officer was part of riot squad
Turkish officials probing ties to exiled cleric
Smartly-dressed in a dark suit and tie, he blended in with all the other guests at the modern art center in the Turkish capital – an upscale neighborhood of luxury hotels and embassies.
But Mevlut Mert Altintas, a police officer who killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, could handle a firearm with ease.
His first of multiple shots was a direct hit, piercing the back of Andrey Karlov as he spoke about the exhibit – a series of photographs of his homeland.
The ambassador fell to the floor. Altintas circled his body, visibly agitated as he smashed photos hanging on the wall, said Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici, who witnessed the killing and took a chilling series of images.