Vietnam cop suspended for shooting man with rubber bullets

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A police officer in the southern province of Binh Phuoc has been suspended for allegedly shooting a man with rubber bullets during a gambling raid,Tuoi Tre reported Saturday.

Previously Nguyen Huu Nam, 55, told the newspaper that Cao Dinh Sam, chief of Long Ha Commune's police division, "reeked of alcohol" when beating and shooting him on Wednesday.

According to Nam, he was taking care of his daughter's beverage shop when Sam led the commune police on a raid of the establishment and arrested five people on suspicion of gambling.

However, Nam told police that one of them was not gambling, only watching television, while the four others were just playing cards for fun.

As Nam was arguing with police officers, Sam held him from behind, but was pushed away.

The officer then threw Nam to the ground and began kicking him before taking out a gun and taking four shots at him, according to Nam.

Even though Nam was injured with three bullets wounds in his neck and shoulders, he was kept at the commune police station until midnight, and was only brought to a hospital later by his family.

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Tuoi Tre quoted Hoang Van Hue, director of the Binh Phuoc police department, as saying that police claim Nam was gambling and he resisted when police raided the shop, which led to the shooting.

quoted Hoang Van Hue, director of the Binh Phuoc police department, as saying that police claim Nam was gambling and he resisted when police raided the shop, which led to the shooting.

The gun Sam used had rubber bullets, Hue said, adding, "the shooting was wrong, anyway."

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