The Phnom Penh Post

Bank guard to face court for killing man in ‘self-defence’


POLICE are set to send a security guard to court for allegedly shooting a man dead in Teuk Thla commune of Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on April 6.

District police chief Hour Meng Vang identified the suspect as Virak, a 36-year-old security guard at a bank in the commune.

Meng Vang said that before the incident, the deceased was having an argument with another man and ran to Virak for help. But while running towards Virak, the man was also carrying a knife, prompting Virak to shoot him.

«While he ran towards Virak with a knife in his hand, Virak fired three shots ... killing him instantly,» he said, adding Virak did not flee the scene and gave himself up to police.

During questionin­g, Virak said he shot the man in self defence.

A police officer who asked not to be named told The Post: «According to what was seen on the CCTV camera, the man who was shot dead caused the incident, leading to the fatal shooting.»

Meng Vang said even if Virak claimed to have shot the man in self-defence, he would still have to be sent to court for further legal procedures.

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