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Cop arrested after shooting into air to threaten his wife

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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A traffic police officer was arrested on Sunday night after firing five bullets into the air as he threatened to kill his wife over jealousy in Siem Reap province.

The shooting took place at about 7pm at the Container Market located in Siem Reap city, said Keo Than, a Siem Reap city police officer.

Mr Than identified the arrested officer as Captain Tan Phirum, 35, a traffic cop with the provincial police now accused of illegal use of a weapon.

Mr Than said that on Sunday night, Cap Phirum, who was often jealous of his 28-year-old wife, went to get drinks and food with her at the Container Market.

While eating soup, Cap Phirum got into an argument with his wife, Mr Than said, adding that he then pulled a pistol from his waist and fired two shots into the air.

After the shots, the couple left the market and went home, where Cap Phirum fired three more shots into the air, said Mr Than.

“When he arrived at his house, he fired another three bullets into the air as he was threatening his wife,” he said. “But the bullets did not hit or injure anyone.”

Mr Than said the suspect was later arrested by local police, after which officers seized the pistol from him, along with ammunition.

Mr Than said Cap Phirum was accused by police of illegal weapons use and would appear at the provincial court today for questioning.

He faces one to six months in prison if convicted, added Mr Than.

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