Sergeant-in-training killed in line of duty

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A provisional police officer was felled by a bullet, on Tuesday, as his team pursued two robbers in Dong Nai Province.

Le Thanh Tam, 25, was shot in his chest as he fought with two men who had attempted to hold up a local resident in broad daylight.

The provisional officer died on the spot. He had been studying at a police college to become a sergeant. He has been posthumously promoted to the position of Lieutenant.

Police say the chase began after two crooks fired a shot at their victim, in broad daylight, but did not hit him.

One of the perpetrators, Tran Quoc Tuan, 25, was shot dead after the police opened fire on him.

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The officers say that, even after being shot in the legs, Tuan continued to fire at the team of five pursuing officers.

His partner, Bui Van Trung, 25, hid in a nearby storm drain, only to surrender after a three-hour standoff.

Police suspected that the robbers belonged to a gang who earlier this month had shot a worker to dead to rob his motorbike.

Further investigations have been launched.

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