Police in Vietnam's Dak Lak Province have suspended an investigator who drew his service revolver and pointed it at a group of colleagues who intended to search his house for illegal timber.
On Friday, Tran Ky Roi, the police chief of the Central Highlands province, announced Major Vo Ngoc Quang's suspension from the Cu Kuin District Police.
He also pledged to pursue an investigation of the timber trafficking allegations against Quang.
On November 7, the district chairman issued a search warrant for Quang and his father-in-law's residences after several informants accused him of hoarding trafficked timber.
During a meeting with a team of provincial officials and forest rangers on November 13, Quang said they could only enter his home one man at a time.
When they refused his terms, Quang drew his gun, forcing them to end the meeting and flee.
Roi said Colonel Ha Hong Bon, deputy chief inspector of the province, has been assigned to lead the investigation.
Vo Ngoc Quang, a district investigator in Dak Lak Province, was accused of pulling a gun on a team of colleagues to stop them from searching his house for illegal timber. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre