At 1:35 am Monday, while patrolling in Thuong Ly Ward, Hong Bang District, private first class Do Dang Long and sergeant major Nguyen Phu Kien, found two suspicious young men speeding up on their motorbike. The officers signaled the men to stop but they sped on.
The officers chased after them and when they were crossing the Binh Bridge, the man on the back seat turned round and fired back. Both Long and Kien were injured and taken to Viet Tiep Hospital.
Long died soon later due while Kien is still being treated.
The city police launched an urgent hunt for the killers and at 4:30 am they arrested 26-year-old Hoang Van Nam, who shot the officers, and Do Van Son, 28, who was driving at the time.
Son, from Thuy Nguyen District, had been on the wanted list of the Quang Ninh Province police for murder, while Nam had two previous convictions.
The police seized a K59 gun, a shotgun, 6 bullets and several other tools hidden in the criminals' motorbike.
Private first class Long was admitted to the police in February 2011. The Hai Phong Police Department has decided to posthumously promote Long to sergeant to honor his death in action.
The Ministry of Public Security’s Policy Department has sent VND30 million (US$ 1,430) to support Long’s family.
Two guns and other tools seized by the police from the two criminals (Photo: Tuoi Tre)