Soldier, Police Officer Arrested for Late-Night Shooting

A police officer and a soldier were arrested in Phnom Penh early Saturday morning after shooting and injuring a man who had thrown a rock at them because they were making too much noise, according to police.

The officer, Long Sovandeth, 36, and the soldier, Suong Phirum, 32, had recently left a nightclub and were driving through Sen Sok district together at about 2:30 a.m. while intoxicated when Chem Sophay, 20, threw a rock at them for making too much noise, said municipal minor crimes police chief Song Ly.

He said Mr. Sovandeth fired at Mr. Sophay in retaliation, hitting him in the left leg.

“Both men were very drunk and fired in the street early yesterday morning, injuring the victim,” he said.

Toek Thla commune police chief Sok Sophal said Mr. Sovandeth and Mr. Phirum were arrested shortly afterward by police who heard the shooting.

Mr. Ly said the two men would be sent to the municipal court today to be questioned and possibly charged.

He declined to provide their ranks or stations.

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