Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cop sought in Siem Reap shooting



Cop sought in Siem Reap shooting

Cop sought in Siem Reap shooting

Angkor Thom district police in Siem Reap province said they are searching for a heritage site protection cop suspected of shooting his friend to death early yesterday morning.

Sour Kimsan, 35, allegedly killed his former buddy, 28-year-old Chea Piron, with an AK-47 assault rifle, after a night of drunken arguing, police said.

“We are working our arms and legs off to find the officer, who fled the scene after killing his friend,” said Touch Bunthoeun, the Angkor Thom district police chief. “So far, we have not found him.”

According to Bunthoeun, the suspect and the victim were drinking with four or five friends near a protected heritage checkpoint, when something set them off.

The two at first attempted to fight it out with chairs, but their other friends pulled them apart.

Eventually, those who had intervened went home at about 3am, leaving Kimsan and Piron alone. Hostility flared back up and Kimsan allegedly shot Piron twice with his rifle.

“The victim got hit in the hand, in his chest and [out] through his back,” said Bunthoeun.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Floods prompt evacuations in Kampong Speu

    Rain-induced floods and water flowing from Kampong Speu province have submerged the houses of 1,527 families living close to the Prek Thnot River in Spean Thma, Tien, Kong Noy and Roluos communes in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, according to data from local authorities. Spean Thma