Vietnam cop arrested for shooting boss dead

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Police in the southern province of Dong Nai have arrested a former traffic police officer for allegedly shooting his boss to death at their police station a week ago.

Sources told Thanh Nien News that former Captain Ngo Van Vinh, 38, was apprehended at 10 p.m. Friday at Dong Nai General Hospital's Neurological Surgery Department, where he was being treated.

Vinh will be detained for four months to investigate him on charges of "murder under provocation."

Dong Nai investigators and prosecutors said evidence collected showed that Vinh shot Major Tran Ngoc Son, deputy head of the traffic control station in Long Khanh Town's Suoi Tre Commune, in the back with a pistol on September 22.

Senior Lieutenant Doan Thanh Phu was also shot when he tried to intervene.

Son, Phu and Vinh -- who was also injured in the melee --  were all rushed to Long Khanh General Hospital, where Son died at 7:40 p.m. Phu and Vinh were transferred to Dong Nai General Hospital for further treatment.

Doctors said Phu was shot once in his buttocks and once in the groin, while Son had been shot in the midsection and suffered an aortic rupture.

Vinh also had an injury on his head, which was possibly grazed by a bullet, and suffered other injuries on his body.

Before the incident, Vinh was drinking at a karaoke parlor in Long Khanh Town and knew that Son was in the adjacent room with a man named Truc, according to a parlor employee. When Vinh decided to join them, Vinh and Truc had argument and Vinh went back to the police station.

When Son arrived at the station, he and Vinh had argument and fight, a source told Thanh Nien.

The source said the fight occurred because Vinh was angry when Son took Truc's side of the initial argument and did not intervene when Truc attacked him physically, the source said.

The source indicated that Vinh may have fired on Son accidentally.

Before the arrest, the Dong Nai Police Department suspended Vinh from his post and stripped his military rank.

Police are investigating if the pistol Vinh used had been allocated to him or if it was another officer's gun.

Speaking to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper Saturday, Lieutenant General Cao Minh Nhan, deputy head of the Anti-Crime Police Division at the Ministry of Public Security, said it is legal to equip traffic police forces with guns.

Under Vietnam's Penal Code, anyone convicted of "murder under provocation" can be sentenced to six months to three years in prison. If several people are killed in the case, the convict can face up to seven years.

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