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Teen hunter arrested over stray shot injury

Teen hunter arrested over stray shot injury

A teenager was arrested yesterday in Mondulkiri province’s Sen Monorom town after he accidentally shot a local official in the head while hunting birds with an air rifle.

Mondulkiri provincial police chief Touch Yun said Sang Hean, 15, had been charged with using an illegal weapon after a complaint was filed by Nuon Phat, an employee of the Mondulkiri provincial public works and transportation department.

According to his complaint, Phat, 47, had finished ploughing a field and was loading the tractor onto a truck when the bullet struck his right temple.

Phat said he then spotted Hean on a motorbike looking “frightened”.

“At that time, I did not stop the car to catch the boy since I was concerned about the bullet sticking in my head,” Phat said.

“I drove straight to the hospital, and later on, after the medics got the bullet out of my head and bandaged my head, then I rode to file the complaint to arrest the boy.”

Yun said that Hean confessed and led police to where he dropped the rifle.

“I tried to shoot a bird on a branch, but I missed,” Hean told police, according to his statement.

“I tried to aim one more time, but I heard a scream from a villager who said ‘who shot me?’

“I was scared; I dropped the rifle and rode the motorbike home. A moment later, I was arrested by the authorities.”

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