Hunt for officer who fired at funeral

Preah Sihanouk Military Police are in the process of ascertaining the identity of one of its own who fired gunshots at his grandmother’s funeral in Prey Nop commune and district on Monday night.

Chief of the provincial Military Police’s serious crimes bureau Sek Sony told The Post on Tuesday that authorities do not know the identity of the officer who fired his gun at the funeral. They are currently looking for him.

“My officers are following procedure. We will call him [the suspect] to clarify this issue,” he said.

Commune police chief Nop Sokha told The Post on Tuesday that a day before the incident, a family in the commune was holding a seven-day funeral for the suspect’s grandmother.

On Monday, after completing the prayer ceremony, relatives and attendees at the funeral had a communal meal.

Citing the host of the funeral, Sokha said while drinking, the suspect and the host who is the suspect’s cousin, had a verbal dispute. The suspect then took out his gun, fired it into the air and drove away in a car.

“People reported the incident to the authorities but by the time they arrived at the scene, the Military Police officer had left.

“The host of the funeral did not file a complaint at my station. I have already sent the report to the district. They [the host and suspect] are relatives, Sokha said.

District police chief Huor Yai confirmed on Tuesday that a gun was fired at the funeral. His authorities did not take action as the Military Police are responsible for handling the case, Yai said.