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Murder cop killed overnight in shootout with police
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Murder cop killed overnight in shootout with police

The Saigon Times Daily

Le Quoc Tuan was killed by a police taskforce in HCMC at midnight on February 13 – PHOTO: POLICE

HCMC – A 33-year-old police officer who shot and killed four fellow gamblers over a quarrel and a motorbike rider while on the run in late January this year was killed on Thursday night inside an abandoned house in suburban HCMC.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement today, February 14, that Le Quoc Tuan, alias Tuan Khi (Tuan the Monkey), a lieutenant who was working at the custody and temporary detention facility at the District 11 police division, died in a standoff with law enforcers.

He was hiding in the deserted house at a 10,000-square-meter site in Tan Hiep Commune in the outlying district of Hoc Mon.

Tuan’s body was found lying next to a loaded AK-47 assault rifle. He had reportedly opened fire on police before being shot from a distance of around three meters.

The house was surrounded by many other households, which were evacuated before the police began the raid.

On Thursday night, an armed taskforce equipped with bulletproof vests from the HCMC Police Department approached the house, surrounded the exterior of the property, and urged him to surrender.

The ministry stated that it was not until 10:15 p.m. that police found Tuan threatening the officers with his assault rifle.

“For the safety of the officers on duty and the public, the police had no choice but to open fire,” noted the ministry.

Speaking at a press briefing today afternoon, Nguyen Sy Quang, deputy director of the HCMC Police Department, told assembled reporters that Tuan had fired three bullets at the taskforce, which prompted them to return fire.

The assault rifle Tuan used does not belong to the municipal police department, so investigators are tracing its origin, added Quang.

Tuan was earlier charged with murder, robbery and the illegal use of military weapons.

Shooting spree during Tet

Tuan shot four people dead and injured one at an illegal gambling site in Tan Thanh Dong Commune in Cu Chi District, some 30 kilometers northwest of the city center, on January 29, the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet.

He joined a group of locals to play Sic bo, an unequal game of chance of ancient Chinese origin, played with three dice. He lost all his money and asked to play one more game hoping to recoup his losses. However, no one agreed to play, which angered him. After yelling at the group, he left and later returned with an assault rifle, firing eight shots at the group, killing four instantly and injuring one.

The deceased are Le Thanh Trung, 28, Vuong Ngoc Hung, 30, and Le Tan Long, 46, all from HCMC’s Cu Chi District, and Huynh Ngoc Minh Tung, 35, from the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

The injured victim is 33-year-old Tran Van Thanh from Cu Chi; he is receiving treatment at the HCMC Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics.

The gunman left the scene on a motorbike owned by one of the victims, rode to a house nearby and threatened a woman there with his rifle, stealing her Nouvo V scooter.

At around midnight, Tuan shot and killed a 40-year-old man riding a Honda Wave motorbike on Provincial Highway 15 and got away with the bike.

Witnesses reported that the gunman had tried to shoot another motorcyclist as well, but the victim managed to escape.

The suspect had also attempted to shoot a van driver, whose life was saved by the vehicle’s windshield though he was injured when pieces of glass from the broken windshield hit him in the head and chest.

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