Army Colonel Arrested for Shooting to Wake Wife

An intoxicated army colonel was arrested in Phnom Penh Tuesday morning after getting locked out of his house and shooting into the air to wake up his wife, police said.

Following a night of heavy drinking, Ke Sim returned to his villa in the city’s Sen Sok district shortly after midnight and, upon realizing the gate was locked, fired twice into the air with his military-issue pistol, according to district police chief Mok Hong.

“The colonel fired two shots late last night to wake up his wife to open the gate to their home,” he said. “It caused chaos in the commune, and our district police came to arrest him.”

Mr. Sim was held at the district police station overnight and his gun was confiscated, according to Mr. Hong.

“We handed him over to the municipal military police station this morning to process his case for lawless shooting,” he said.

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