Disgruntled S.I. Man Shoots Business Associate Before Being Killed By Police

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a man who believed he was being cheated by a business associate went to his Staten Island home Tuesday and fatally shot him and wounded his wife.  The man then barricaded himself inside their basement before he was shot to death during a police confrontation.

Police said the couple let 48-year-old Ilya Iglanov into their home in Huguenot before he fired his weapon. Semyon Levin, 52, was shot in the head and his wife, Marina Tartakouskaya, 45, was shot in the torso at 115 Collyer Ave.

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m.

Despite her gunshot wound, Tartakouskaya and her maid were able to escape and asked a dog-walking neighbor to call police.  Iglanov was right behind them and police said he put a gun to the head of that neighbor and pulled the trigger. However, the gun jammed and Iglanov ran back inside the home, CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported.

Officers eventually discovered Iglanov barricaded in a basement closet.  After trying to shoot himself, police said he ignored commands to raise his hands and drop his loaded handgun.  Iglanov was shot after police said he pointed his gun at the first officer to approach him.

Late Tuesday, police said Iglanov was “distraught and depressed” because he believed that Levin had cheated him of his savings invested in a patented design for a military grade flashlight.  Authorities learned of the man’s motivations after speaking with his family members.

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Levin died at the scene, but Tartakouskaya remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Residents in the upscale community were shocked to hear the news.

“They’ve lived here for over 10 years. They’ve been married a long time — good family, nice people. Every time I go there, they offer me food, drink, all that stuff,” neighbor Joseph Grillo told CBS 2’s Emily Smith.

Praveen Sharma said he heard a lot of noise and ran to see what happened.

“I was at home actually — somebody got shot. I heard like a screeching noise and ambulance,” he said.

“It just shows how fragile life can be and you never know what could happen and you know the unexpected can happen in a heartbeat,” neighbor George Maneates added.

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  • Roy

    Sounds like a job for the Russian Mafia,but I guess if he was broke,he had to handle the hit himself

  • Till Lindemann

    Du hasst mich?

  • jtorres

    The man was twisted. He “believed” Levin had cheated him out of his savings. It doesn’t mean he actually did it. Also, who goes on a shooting rampage when he thinks he’s been wronged? Psychos, that’s who. We hear about this all the time. Be they Russian, American, black, white, or purple with blue polka-dots. They’re nuts.

  • Disco

    There is no honor among thieves


    Look who’s talking!!!!!

  • KPMc

    “Authorities say a man who believed he was being cheated by a business associate went to his Staten Island home Tuesday and fatally shot him and wounded his wife.”

    Does anyone at CBS know the proper use of subjects and pronouns? This is the very first sentence and it reads like a third -graders.

  • http://mrsbenson.wordpress.com mrsbenson

    God Bless everyone involved!

  • bhon

    that dog walking neighbor is one lucky mofo. it was like Xtreme russian roulette. If the gun jams, you win!

  • derr

    nice reporting. more info on the business arrangement would be nice

  • Roman

    To “yokolee”, you don’t know the man, I knew him for 37 years, he was a Best Man on my wedding, he was a great guy, so just simply shot your stupid whole.

    • Alexis

      Really? Well let’s check your English, shall we? I feel the need to point out that any grade school teacher would make you rewrite this atrocity. The title should be “Roman can’t write in English very well.” Also, you misspelled English.

      Grammar 101: the first word in a sentence should be capitalized such as “I am too funny.” You used the wrong “to” as well, so good job, putz. Let’s not forget your missing punctuation, except for the question mark, which very well might be the only one you know how to use.

      So I must say that unless you were trying to be ironic, congratulations, you succeeded in looking like a cold hearted and idiotic buffoon who corrects people on their English with even poorer English. Kudos to you and please do try harder to win a Darwin Award.

      P.S.- These symbols that you might not recognize, they’re called commas, quotation marks, hyphens and periods, please learn to use them along with the shift key.

    • Lisa

      It was obviously a type o, dumb a$$

  • Christopher

    A man named Levin involved in a scam? Nothing surprising about that.

  • Junnor

    The Holy Bible says “The love of money is the root of all evil” Amen!

    • Cos


      Normally, I agree… However, today’s society forces people into a no win scenario when they lose everything. With nothing left (as far as money is concerned) he felt he had nothing to lose. I do not condone any act of violence (unless in self defense). But let’s face it, it’s the result of the world we live in today.

  • yokolee

    He’ll be boss no more, nuff said

  • Valentin

    I knew Semyon in person, he definitely did not deserve this, this is horrible.

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