The head of a commune army unit in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang shot himself dead on Friday (December 28) after an argument with his wife the same day.
On Saturday, VnExpress cited the autopsy report as saying a bullet entered 33-year-old Thach Phat's throat and shattered his skull.
It also quoted Lam Phuoc Thien, vice chairman of the People's Committee of Tai Van Commune in the province's Tran De District as saying Phat probably committed suicide out of anger with his wife Le Thi Tu Chi.
Thien on Friday morning, Phat came to meet his wife, a local civil servant who works in the same building, and they had a quarrel.
Phat then returned to his office and pulled out a rifle, VnExpress reported Sunday.
Upon seeing that, Chi screamed for help, but Phat threatened to fire whoever tried to stop him.
Local media, however didn't make clear if Phat had told Chi that he planned to kill himself.
"When everyone got afraid and ran away, Phat shot once into the ceiling. A minute later, he shot himself. The bullet went from his throat to the top of his head and killed him on the spot," Thien said.
The incident happened at around 11 a.m.
Hong Thanh Bang, chairman of the commune's People's Committee said that colleagues who saw Phat that morning said he appeared happy and has assumed he must have reconciled with his wife.
He told Thanh Nien that several people heard two gunshots fired from Phat's office after the meeting and found Phat already dead upon entering.
Phat is the father of Chi's 3-year-old daughter, but Chi sought a divorce from him two months ago because she suspected he was having an extramarital affair with another woman.
"We have encouraged them to reconcile, and don't understand why he did this," Bang said.
Police are investigating the case further.
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