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Cop charged for ‘firing gun’

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged minor crimes police officer Thou Sopheak with illegal use of a weapon and causing unintentional injury for allegedly firing his gun into the windshield of a car during a fit of road rage, according to court clerk Sok Sarath.

“He now has been sent to Prey Sar prison,” Sarath said, declining to comment in detail.

Chamkarmon district police officer Keo Bunthoeun said yesterday that Second Lieutenant Sopheak was arrested on Saturday after the incident.

“He was driving his motorbike while drunk, [and] he got into a little traffic accident with a car while driving along the street,” Bunthoeun said. “He got very angry, so he fired three bullets into the car’s windshield, causing it to break and wounding a woman sitting inside.”

Sopheak was soon arrested, Bunthoeun added. The bullet grazed the woman but did not seriously injure her.

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