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Military police officer detained over shooting

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Officers detain the accused. Koh Santepheap

Kandal provincial military police yesterday arrested a military police officer for allegedly shooting four bullets during a dispute at a karaoke shop in Takhmao city.

Captain Chhun Seng, a military police officer with Takhmao city military police, identified the suspect as Colonel San Soch, a 38-year-old military police officer living in Prek Hou commune in Kandal province’s Takhmao city.

Cap Seng noted that at about 7pm on Sunday, the suspect and his two friends, who are also soldiers, travelled on two motorbikes to B-Gold Karaoke Entertainment Shop located in Kampong Samnanh commune.

Cap Seng said that the three men had gotten drunk by 9pm and got into an argument with another group of three men at the karaoke shop.

Cap Seng noted that during the argument, the suspect walked outside to his motorbike and took out a gun from his saddle. Col Soch then fired four bullets into the air in front of the shop and fled, he added.

Cap Seng noted that while the suspect was fetching the gun from his motorbike, the group of men with whom he and his friends were arguing had left the shop.

“He was drunk and got into an argument with a group of men in the shop,” Cap Seng said. “He then took a gun from his motorbike saddle and fired four bullets into the air with the intention to threaten them. However, no one was injured or died.”

“After shooting, he got on his motorbike and fled the location,” he added.

Cap Seng noted that the suspect was arrested at about 11am on Monday after he came in to Takhmao city military police to confess to the crime.

He noted that the suspect surrendered himself after military police identified him based on a footage from the karaoke shop’s CCTV. A still image from the footage was also published in local media.

Cap Seng added that after his arrest, police seized a gun along with a mount of unused bullets from him.

Brigadier General Sam Tola, commander of Kandal provincial military police, yesterday said that the suspect is accused of use of illegal weapon.

Brig Gen Tola added that the suspect is still detained for questioning and further investigation at the provincial military police.

He will be sent to provincial court for questioning after military police have finished investigating, he added.

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