One man was killed and another injured by gunfire in a struggle between a policeman and a group of drinkers whom the police alleged of disturbing public order and resisting on-duty officers in Ho Chi Minh City late last night.
According to a police statement, the shooting took place at midnight at the wholesale produce market in Binh Chieu Ward, Thu Duc District.
The shots were fired from a pistol of Lieutenant Pham Tien Hung, a Binh Chieu Ward police officers. The death was identified as Bui Duc Manh, 31, while Phan Duc Dat, 31, was injured. They both came from Lam Dong Province.
Lt. Hung claimed he did not intentionally fire at the men, but his pistol went off accidentally during their struggle.
According to the police’s statement, Lt. Hung and two neighborhood watch members were patrolling the area when they saw the group of men drinking near the market.
As the drinkers were “disturbing public peace,” Lt. Hung, asked them to present their IDs.
Police investigate the scene of a shooting that involved a police officer whose gun went off, killing one man and injuring another in Ho Chi Minh City last night. Photo: CTV.
However, “a number of drunk men” in the group resisted Lt. Hung’s order and insulted and attacked the patrol team, even though the officer fired a few warning shots in the air.
As the men struggled with Lt. Hung, his pistol discharged, hitting Manh in the chest and killed him immediately. Dat was wounded in his leg.
It was not clear how many shots were fired during the incident.
Lt. Hung has injuries in his back and his uniform was partly torn.
The police of Binh Chieu Ward and Thu Duc District detained two people who involved in the struggle for investigation.
The rest of the drinking group fled after the shooting, the police said. The police believed all of them worked for a truck that delivered vegetables from Da Lat to HCMC.