Police Questioned in Shooting of Fisherman

Three fishermen were killed last week in separate shootings, one by a police officer in Koh Kong province Thursday night, police said.

Yang Yin, deputy police chief of Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel district, said 17 fishery community activ­ists and several police officers took two boats to investigate illegal fishing Thursday.

Fisherman Khieng Khoeun’s boat hit one of the activists’ boats, Yang Yin said, prompting a police officer to fire a warning shot. The bul­let hit Khieng Khoeun, 24, because it was “too windy and there were big waves,” Yang Yin said.

The chief and two deputy chiefs of the fishery community, as well as two police officers, were being questioned at police headquarters Sunday, said Agri­culture Department Director Houth Thoung.

In Kompong Cham province, a 27-year-old fisherman was shot Dec 6 by another man, who told district authorities his warning shot bounced off the water.

On Saturday, a man was shot and his two sons were wounded in Kompong Chhnang province. Provincial Deputy police Chief Chum Bun Thoeun said that three men approached Vin Yaing Van, 49, and his two sons as they were fishing on a lake at about 10 pm.

One of the men opened fire with a rifle, killing the father and hitting his sons, age 25 and 15. Chum Bun Thoeun said police are investigating.


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