Police are investigating the shooting of a man by a border military officer in Pailin province’s Pailin city, which left the victim hospitalised at the provincial hospital.
Yem Sarith, police chief of Pailin city, said police had not yet determined a reason for the shooting as both the victim and suspect had left the scene by the time his officers arrived.
“We don’t know the motive for the shooting yet because we arrived at the scene after the incident had happened. The shooter had already been brought to his unit by his boss. His unit is the Pailin city border unit,” he said.
“The suspect shot twice. The victim was shot once in the forearm. He was actually slightly injured and sent to the provincial hospital. A motive has not been determined because we haven’t met with the suspect or the victim.”
National Police identified the suspect only as Ra, a border military officer, and the victim as Noeun Neath, 28.
Mr Sarith claimed that the victim was just a farmer, but was not sure why he was there with the suspect.
Chea Chandin, police chief of Pailin province, did not reply to multiple requests for comment.
However, according to a provincial police report, Captain Vorn Veasna said the suspect used an AK-47 to shoot the victim near border post 68 where the suspect was deployed and the victim was known to be living nearby.
Cap Veasna said the victim was taken to hospital by demining NGO Halo Trust while the suspect was being reprimanded according to the law by his boss. An investigation into the motive is underway, he added. The Pailin city border unit could not be reached for comment.
A Halo Trust official who gave his name only as Saro confirmed that the organisation had transported the victim to hospital in one of its cars.
“Yes, I was informed about the incident, but I haven’t been updated about the victim’s condition. We helped transport him to the provincial hospital,” he said.
“We help as much as we can, we don’t discriminate against anybody. The incident happened in a remote area near one of our sites. The victim sought our assistance so we didn’t ask many questions and just rushed him to hospital.”