A gasoline vendor in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district was arrested on Monday for allegedly bludgeoning a police officer and inflicting multiple injuries in the midst of a drunken argument with friends.
Captain Sok Theang, a deputy chief of the district crimes department, identified the suspect as Soeung Sok Lorn, a gasoline vendor from Kraing Mokak commune.
Cap Theang identified the victim as Lieutenant Im Sokkhoeun, a Kraing Mokak commune police officer.
Cap Theang said that on Monday night, six people gathered to drink beers at the suspect’s home in Trapaing Kraper village. At about 9.30pm, all six were drunk.
He said that an argument ensued between the suspect and his friend Phoung Pho, a construction worker. The suspect and his other friends then began assaulting Mr Pho. Neighbours witnessed the altercation and called police.
Lt Sokkhoeun responded to the call. When he arrived at the suspect’s home, he saw three people beating Mr Pho.
He pleaded for the group to stop, but they did not obey, prompting Lt Sokkhoeun to begin filming and taking pictures of the fight as evidence.
“The suspect became angry at Lt Sokkhoeun for filming him,” Cap Theang said. “He took a flashlight and bludgeoned Lt Sokkhoeun, causing injuries to his head.”
He added that the suspect was later arrested after police backup arrived. The flashlight was confiscated as evidence.
Colonel Mean Samnang, chief of Ang Snuol district police, said the suspect could face up to three years in jail if found guilty of intentional acts of violence and obstructing police.
Col Samnang noted that the suspect remains at provincial police headquarters, adding that he will be sent to Kandal Provincial Court today.