Police officer held over shooting

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Second Lieutenant Keth Pharen is due in court today. Supplied

A police officer was arrested by Phnom Penh municipal military police on Sunday night for illegal use of a weapon and assault after he fired his gun and beat a man over a traffic accident.

Suy Sakhoeun, a municipal military police officer, identified the accused as Second Lieutenant Keth Pharen, 33, a police officer with the Ministry of Interior.

Lt Pharen was driving his BMW along street 598 in Russey Keo district on Sunday at 8.30pm, when he slightly bumped a motorbike carrying three men.

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The suspect then fled and the motorbike driver chased him. When Lt Pharen stopped his car to get out and urinate, the men on the motorbike pulled over as well and approached him to settle the damages caused by the hit and run.

“As the victims walked toward the suspect, the suspect thought they were coming to beat him,” said Mr Sakhoeun. “He pulled a pistol from his waist and fired a bullet over their heads in order to threaten them.

“After the shooting, he took the pistol and hit the victim’s head, causing a bloody injury.”

Mr Sakhoeun said nearby police heard the shooting and arrested the suspect soon after.

He said the suspect had been detained at municipal military police headquarters pending his first court appearance today over illegal weapons use and an intentional act of violence.

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