Kampot provincial police on Saturday arrested a police officer for allegedly taking out his gun and threatening to kill a bus driver in a road rage incident.
Major Nhim Sao, a provincial police officer, identified the suspect as First Lieutenant Meng Da, 45, deputy chief of the criminal investigation unit.
He said that about 10.30am on Wednesday, First Lt Da was in civilian clothes and riding his motorbike in the province’s Toek Chhou district. Maj Sao said that a bus hit his motorbike, causing the suspect to fall.
He noted that First Lt Da became angry and chased after the bus.
“After catching up, the suspect stopped the bus and pointed a pistol at the driver, threatening to kill him,” he said. “He cursed at the bus driver several times before leaving the scene.”
Maj Sao noted that while First Lt Da was pointing his gun at the bus driver and threatening to kill him, witnesses took out their mobile phones to record the incident and later posted the videos on Facebook.
Maj Sao said several people who saw the videos criticised the suspect’s actions and some filed complaints with the provincial police.
Major General Mao Chan Meakthurith, provincial police chief, said yesterday that police are still questioning First Lt Da.
He noted that in line with National Police administrative policy, the suspect is suspended from his duties during the investigation.
“He is now being questioned by the provincial police,” Maj Gen Chan Meakthurith said. “We will be meeting over his case today to decide on what action should be taken against him.”
“If after investigations we find that the case is a criminal one, we will send him to court,” he added.