A 48-year-old man in Takeo province was arrested yesterday for allegedly shooting and injuring his daughter when she refused to lend him money.
Tramkak district police officer Khuon Kosal said Choum Nov was arrested after a complaint by his daughter Noy Reaksmey, 26, a garment worker.
Mr Kosal said that late on Sunday, Mr Nov entered the home of the victim while she was sleeping along with her six-year-old daughter in Trapaing Svay village.
Mr Nov, who has been divorced from Ms Reaksmey’s mother for eight years, announced who he was when he arrived in front of her room.
He then told her to open the room door and demanded she lend him $500 but she refused.
“The suspect was angry at the victim for not opening the door for him and for refusing to give him the money,” Mr Kosal said.
“He fired one bullet at the door lock and broke it.
“He fired another two bullets at the victim, seriously injuring her ribs on her right side. After the shooting he fled,” he said.
The victim was rescued by neighbours and local police who heard the gunshots.
Ms Reaksmey is being treated in hospital in Phnom Penh.
District police chief Duk Thiya confirmed yesterday that Mr Nov was being detained for questioning at the police station but had denied the allegations.
“He said that he was a construction worker and did not have a gun. He said he was not the person who shot the victim,” Mr Thiya said.
“He said that as a father, he could not kill his own daughter or children.”
Mr Thiya said police did not trust the answers of the victim or the suspect and were still investigating the incident.