A penal officer with Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district police was shot by armed robbers while he attempted to apprehend them on Tuesday night.
The shooting occurred at about 11.30pm on Preah Sihanouk Boulevard in Boeung Pralit commune.
Veng Sophal, a 7 Makara district police officer, identified the victim as Sok Sovannara, who was shot in the chest and seriously injured.
Mr Sovannara is in critical condition in hospital, while the two suspects remain at large.
Mr Sophal said his colleague heard information about a motorbike robbery in progress in Chamkarmon district over his police radio and noted the suspects were spotted speeding away from the scene toward his jurisdiction.
According to the police report over the radio, the suspects fired bullets at the street to threaten the victim and force him to give them his motorbike.
But the attempted robbery occurred near a police station and the suspects fled before stealing the bike as they heard police coming to arrest them.
Mr Sophal said Mr Sovannara decided to intercept the thieves, and spotted them on Preah Sihanouk Boulevard before ordering them to pull over.
“He shouted at them and ordered them to stop,” Mr Sophal said. “But one of suspects withdrew a pistol from his waist and fired three bullets at him. One bullet hit his chest.”
“After shooting, the suspects managed to escape,” he added.
Mr Sophal said that after the commotion, other district police officers arrived on scene and rescued their colleague.
Tey Visal, deputy chief of the municipal major crimes unit, said police have yet to identify the two suspects.
“We are continuing to investigate,” he said.