Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Air force officer shot by police

Air force officer shot by police

Air force officer shot by police

POLICE accidentally shot and killed an air force officer Sunday evening after responding to a report of a brawl involving two groups of construction workers in Dangkor district, officials said Monday.

Chout Sok Heng, deputy chief of Dangkor district police, said three Choam Chao commune police officers and one Interior Ministry intervention police officer arrived at the scene of the fight at 8:30pm.

The construction workers – who were embroiled in a dispute over salaries – fled the scene after seeing the officers, witnesses said.

Witnesses said the officers then tried to storm into a nearby house, telling the nine people inside to kneel down on the ground. Some of those inside, however, tried to block the front door, prompting police to open fire.

Buth Saroeun, a 35-year-old officer with Royal Cambodian Air Force Battalion 91, was shot in the throat and died instantly.

Buth Virat, 37, the victim’s older brother, took issue with the claim by officials that the shooting was unintentional, telling the Post, “It is not true that the officer who shot my brother did so by accident”.

But Sok Heng stood by the official version, adding, “I feel terribly sorry and regretful that the soldier was shot dead during a police intervention”.

He said district officials would give the family 300,000 riels (US$72), though he added that this should not be interpreted as an admission of wrongdoing.

Am Sam Ath, technical supervisor for the rights group Licadho, said the claim that the shooting was accidental was a ploy to reduce any sentence that might result from a criminal case.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group