Vietnam police shoot armed drug suspect dead

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An alleged armed drug trafficker was killed by police in the northern province of Hoa Binh on Sunday when he was resisting their arrest.

Ta Van Hung, 47, was shot on a hill in Lac Son District after having tried to flee for about seven hours, the police report said, adding that police had attempted to encourage him to submit himself but failed.

After the shooting police confiscated from Hung over 33 kilograms of heroin and 800 tablets of synthetic drugs, along with five long and shot guns, two grenades and 120 bullets.

According to police, at around 10.30 a.m. that day police spotted a "suspicious" Lexus heading to Hanoi on the National Road 6 in Tan Lac District.

Police signaled Hung to pull over, but the man refused and sped up to Lac Son District, instead.

About two hours later Hung entered Lac Son's Yen Phu Commune, where he burned the car and threatened a local at gunpoint to rob the latter's motorbike.

He then rode the bike to the nearby Thieng hill, where he was shot down.

Police said the man, who used to be a member of an armed robbery gang in the northern province of Bac Giang, was also found having ten mobile phones, three laptops, US$20,000 and VND150 million ($7,000) in cash.  

Police are investigating.

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