No criminal investigation planned into shooting death of Yen Bai leaders

By Thai Son-Minh Chien, Thanh Nien News

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Police officers stand guard in front of the office building of the Party's committee of Yen Bai Province, where two provincial leaders were shot to death on Aug. 18 Police officers stand guard in front of the office building of the Party's committee of Yen Bai Province, where two provincial leaders were shot to death on Aug. 18

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Police have said they will not launch a criminal investigation into the shooting death of two provincial leaders in Yen Bai Province this morning since the main suspect, another senior official, killed himself.
Maj Gen Dang Tran Chieu, Director of the Public Security Department of Yen Bai, said at a press conference this afternoon that the decision has been made based on the Penal Code.
Local officials at the conference said they would still work to find out the shooter's motives. However, they rejected speculations that the shooting had to do with the ongoing reshuffling of the local government staff.
Maj Gen Chieu confirmed that Do Cuong Minh, head of the Forest Ranger Office of Yen Bai, shot Pham Duy Cuong, Secretary of the provincial Party's committee, and Ngo Ngoc Tuan, chairman of the legislative People's Council, in their offices before shooting himself in the head at around 7 a.m.Thursday morning.
All three succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds.
Minh, 53, had used a duty pistol to carry out the shooting, Chieu said. He had emptied his gun, firing four shots in Cuong's office and four other shots in Tuan's office.
Pham Duy Cuong, Secretary of Yen Bai Province Party's committee (L), and Ngo Ngoc Tuan, Chairman of the province's People's Council, were shot dead on Aug. 18.
Chieu said the police were searching Minh's house and office but had not found any suicide note.
Minh was a "good-nature person who always fulfilled his task," Pham Thi Thanh Tra, Chairman of the People's Committee of Yen Bai, said at the conference.
She said Minh might have undergone a certain "extreme psychological development" and "could not control himself."
When asked by reporters if the shooting was related to the planned merger of Minh's Forest Ranger Office and the Agriculture Office of Yen Bai, Tra rejected the link.
"While the merger has been agreed, we have not begun [planning] on personnel work," she said.

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