Experts Rule Border Official’s Shooting Death a Suicide

Authorities have ruled the suspicious shooting death of a border police officer in Koh Kong province last week a suicide following an investigation by forensics experts.

Hin Kimhong, deputy chief of police at the Cham Yeam International Checkpoint on the Thai border, was found dead last Tuesday with a pistol on his chest and a bullet wound through his head.

Though suicide was considered a possibility from the start, police were also considering murder.

On Monday, deputy Koh Kong penal police chief Lay Tyro said the Interior Ministry had sent forensics officers to investigate the scene and that they had ruled the death a suicide.

“It was concluded that the victim’s hands were on his chest with the gun because after he committed suicide his body made one last move,” he said. “His right hand had gunpowder on it because when he shot himself he used his right hand.”

Ouk Narin, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s technical and science department who joined the investigation, declined to comment.

Dom Saran, a deputy director at the checkpoint who initially thought suicide unlikely, said on Monday that he was convinced by the findings.

Hin Kimhong’s brother, Hin Sophal, said he also now believed it was a suicide, saying only that his brother was facing “family problems.”

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