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Officer held over shooting

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Lieutenant Colonel Lor Bunpheak. Supplied

A military officer was arrested on Saturday night after allegedly firing twice at his brother-in-law, who was uninjured.

The shooting took place at about 7.30pm on Friday in Ta Sren village in Takeo province.

Acting chief of Traing District Police Pich Vanna said the suspect was identified as Lieutenant Colonel Lor Bunpheak, a 42-year-old officer with the E70-Bridge Division, based in Phnom Penh.

He said that before the shooting, Lt Col Bunpheak got into an argument with his younger brother-in-law, Chheng Makara, 23. The young man, apparently drunk, threw a knife at his father-in-law, farmer Chheng Hoeun, 58, but he was not injured.

This is when Lt Col Bunpheak allegedly fired two rounds at Mr Makara, who was unscathed.

“He was angry at his brother-in-law for throwing a knife at his father-in-law. He then took his sidearm and fired two shots, but Mr Makara managed to escape,” Mr Vanna said.

“He was immediately apprehended by local police forces.”

After his arrest, police confiscated a handgun and three bullets. The gun was not licensed. The suspect was later sent to the provincial military police to face justice.

Provincial police officer Duong Kosal said the suspect was facing charges from the military police for “illegal use of a weapon and shooting spree”. If convicted, he faces up to three years in jail.

Mr Kosal said the suspect would be sent to Takeo provincial court for questioning today.

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