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Cops seek men over fatal road rage shooting

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The truck was used to distribute ice. Rasmei News

Battambang provincial police are hunting a man who fatally shot a truck driver in the head and injured two others in a fit of road rage in Banon district on Sunday.

Phnom Sampov commune police chief Captain Mey Chhengly said that on Sunday night, the victims were distributing ice to customers in the province when two men in a Highlander came chasing after them at about 11.30pm.

Cap Chhengly said the driver of the Highlander stopped the truck and demanded that the victims compensate him for damaging his vehicle in an earlier crash.

“The suspect was angry at the victims for allegedly hitting his car earlier, and driving off without taking responsibility for the action,” Cap Chhengly said. “He took a pistol from his Highlander and fired two bullets at the truck driver’s head and three more at the other two ice distributors.”

“After shooting the victims, he reversed his Highlander and fled the scene,” he added.

A shell casing found at the scene of the crime. Rasmei News

Cap Chhengly identified the dead driver as Pich Pisar, 25, who lived in the district, and the workers as Heng Chetra, 20, who was wounded on his right hand, and Bou Chanthy, 27, who was shot in his shoulder and right hand.

He said they denied being in a crash with the suspect and refused to pay compensation after being pulled over.

Cap Chhengly said police patrolling nearby the shooting heard the commotion and went to investigate.

They then called an ambulance to take the victims to the provincial referral hospital, but Mr Pisar died from his injuries along the way, he said. Major General Cheth Vanny, deputy provincial police chief, declined to identify the suspects.

“We have already identified them and our police are working hard to arrest them in order to punish them according to the law,” he said. “They will be arrested soon. They cannot escape.”

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