Two Shootings in One Night in Sihanoukville

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Two men lean on parked luxury cars near the Two Lions Roundabout in the center of Sihanoukville on May 31, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Four Vietnamese nationals have been arrested for shooting and injuring a police officer in Sihanoukville last night, while the city saw a second roadside shooting around 1 a.m., according to police.

In the first case, a taxi driver notified police that he had been threatened at gunpoint by a man. When police arrived, four men refused to be searched, and fired at officers, injuring one, said Sihanoukville police chief Ky Visal.

The incident happened around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, and four Vietnamese nationals were immediately arrested, Visal said.

“The head of the section has been injured in the right leg. It’s very serious,” the police chief said. “Our officer was injured because the perpetrator had a gun and wanted to fight back, and they scuffled with each other and hit the leg.”

A gun has been confiscated, and the case is being sent to court, Visal said. He said he was too busy to answer further questions before he could be asked about the second shooting.

However, Bei commune police chief Ouk Phanareth said that according to a report from residents, a Chinese man was injured during a shooting incident around 1 a.m. Thursday along a road in his commune. Nine shots had been fired, Phanareth said.

“I have received the report about this but for clear information you have to contact the upper level,” he said before hanging up.

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