One of two suspected thieves was killed by a mob of angry villagers on Monday night in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.
The two thieves had fired four bullets and injured two people while attempting to rob them in Boeung Tumpon commune.
Sok Seng, a Meanchey district police officer, said the two thieves were attempting to rob a couple of their money and possessions.
“During the robbery, one of the suspects fired four bullets at the victims, causing the husband serious wounds on his left thigh. His wife also suffered leg injuries,” he said. “They tried to snatch a bag away from the wife, but could not get it.”
“After hearing the shooting, villagers living nearby immediately intervened,” he added. “They surrounded and caught one of suspects. After catching the suspect, a mob of people began beating him, leading to his death.”
Mr Seng said police arrived on scene after the thief had been killed, and that they then sent the two victims to hospital.
He identified the victims as Khean Kimsrong, 30, and his wife Hy Kimhour, 34.
Teng Sino, chief of Meanchey district police, said the man killed has yet to be identified and no arrests could be made against those that beat him.
He added that police are looking for the second thief who escaped.