Senior cop shoots handcuffed traffic violator in southern Vietnam

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Authorities in the southernmost province of Ca Mau are investigating a case in which the deputy police chief of Tac Van Commune allegedly shot a traffic violator in the face at the local police station after the latter was handcuffed.

Huynh Nhat Quang, 30, a Tac Van resident, told Thanh Nien that he and his friends were returning home on motorbikes from a karaoke parlor at around half past midnight on February 5 when they were stopped by local police since two people in the group were not wearing helmets.

As Quang was acquainted earlier with Lieutenant Colonel Duong Van Dung, he requested the latter not to seize their motorbikes.

When Dung refused, a drunk Quang picked up a quarrel and became belligerent, but was handcuffed and led to the communal police headquarters.

At the headquarters, Dung shot at him with a gun, injuring him behind his right ear, Quang said, adding that the police officer asked some people to rush him to the hospital, still handcuffed. 

On February 16, Le Thanh Hung, a local militiaman, told Thanh Nien that after being handcuffed due to his behavior, Quang was taken to a room at the police station for questioning by Dung and some other policemen.

A few minutes later, Hung heard a shot, but he said he did not know what kind of gun had been used. A police officer ran out of that room shouting that Dung had shot and injured Quang.

"Dung is a guy who loves to use guns," another Tac Van militiaman, who requested anonymity, told Thanh Nien.

He said Dung had previously fired his gun at least three times: when questioning a robber, chasing a traffic violator and arresting a man for beating his wife.

No casualties were reported in the previous shootings. 

In a phone interview with Thanh Nien, Dung admitted that he had shot at Quang.

Meanwhile, a VnExpress report cited Dung's confession to Ca Mau City police as saying Quang was shot at with a rubber bullet.

Dung told the news website that Quang was his close friend's brother, so he tried to persuade that latter not to hang around with his drinking companions in Ca Mau City at night since it was dangerous.

But Quang did not listen to his advice, shouted at him and overturned tables and chairs at the police headquarters.

Dung said he was holding the gun on his hand, so when Quang "aggressively" approached him, he pulled the trigger instinctively.

Colonel Truong Ngoc Danh, Ca Mau City police chief, cited the local police station's report as saying Dung's shooting was provoked by Quang's resistance to officers on duty. 

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