Cop involved in dubious killing in gambling-den raid

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A man was shot and killed during a police raid on a gambling den in the northern province of Bac Giang Monday, with witnesses contradicting the police version that it was an accident.

Sergeant Major Nguyen Duy Tung, 23, an officer in the raiding team who allegedly fired the shots that killed Bui Van Loi, has been suspended and summoned for questioning.

The police said Loi, one of 30 people caught gambling, suddenly bolted and ran into a nearby field when the police burst in at 4 p.m.

Some of the officers gave chase and Tung reportedly fired three warning shots in the air, ordering him to stop.

Colonel Nguyen Van Chuc, a spokesman for the Bac Giang police department, claimed Tung's gun went off by accident and hit Loi in his left shoulder.

The injured man was rushed to a nearby clinic with his arms handcuffed, but he succumbed to his injuries.

Tien Phong newspaper quoted the autopsy report as saying a bullet entered Loi's left shoulder, hit and broke a rib, punctured the heart and a lung, and exited through the right shoulder.

But witnesses gave a different account of the shooting.

Tran Van Truong, 25, a local, said he saw two plainclothes officers catch up with Loi and handcuff him. He then began to walk towards the gambling den to see what was happening when he heard gunshots. He turned around to see the policemen carrying a bloody Loi in their arms.

The police seized more than VND22 million (US$1,055) in cash, 25 cell phones, and 27 motorbikes from the gambling den, a house owned by Nguyen Tien Duc in the town's Yen The District.

Asked by Thanh Nien if it was possible that Tung had shot Loi after capturing and handcuffing him, Colonel Chuc said he could not answer since he had yet to receive a report on the incident.

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