​Police probe armed street brawl in southern Vietnam

​Police probe armed street brawl in southern Vietnam

The street brawl in Dong Nai, southern Vietnam, on March 1, 2018 is seen in this still photo taken from the video clip.

Police are investigating a street brawl involving rubber bullet guns and machetes between two groups of men in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai, with one side claiming they were attacked out of a ‘good deed misunderstood.’

A CCTV footage of the fight, which looks as if it is taken from an action movie, went viral on social media on Sunday, with police in Nhon Trach District confirming they had summoned individuals involved in the physical confrontation for investigation on Monday.

The 20-second video showed that members of Ngoc’s gang were swinging their machetes at the security guards, before the latter fired their guns to chase them away.

The incident took place along the Provincial Highway 25C at around 3:30 pm on Sunday, between members of the D.A Security Service Company and a gang led by a man named Ngoc, aka Ngoc “scar,” who has been on the run since.

The group of security guards was armed with rubber bullet guns and pepper spray, while Ngoc’s team was wielding machetes.

Nguyen Huu Nghia, a security guard from D.A Company, had his right eye seriously injured and is being treated at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Misunderstood good deed

During Monday’s working session with Nhon Trach police, Vo Quoc Tuan, deputy director of the security service firm, who was also involved in the street brawl, stated that they had legitimate permit for the ownership and use of rubber bullet guns and pepper sprays.

Tuan said he and his employees were just using the weapons for self defense, adding that the entire situation all started because he made a good deed that was misunderstood.

As the section of the Provincial Highway 25C passing Nhon Trach District is a traffic black spot with many road accidents having happened there, Tuan has made his company to offer an ambulance service to help those in need over the last five years.

On the night of March 21, the firm received an emergency phone call regarding a crash on the road, which left three victims in a coma.

As Tuan and Tran Huy Thong, the firm’s director, were carrying the victims onto their ambulance, a man appeared from nowhere and tried to interrupt their rescue effort.

As they had to race against the clock, Tuan pushed the man away in order to take the victims to the hospital, he said.

Nguyen Huu Nghia receives treatment at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Huu Nghia receives treatment at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

When he returned to the scence of the accident, Tuan discovered that the man in question was in fact a relative of the victims.

At that point, the man had already called Ngoc, who is his son-in-law, to the scene.

According to Tuan’s account, the two demanded that he apologize to them, and threatened to kill him if he refused to do so.

The tension was relieved thanks to intervention from local residents and police officers.

However, ten days from that night, on Sunday, Ngoc phoned Tuan to request his apology again, and eventually arriving at D.A Company with his gang in the afternoon the same day.

When the two met face to face, Tuan continued to turn down Ngoc’s request to see his father-in-law, prompting the man to jump in to attack him.

Nghia and Thong later came to assist Tuan, opening fire with their rubber bullet gun to drive away the attackers. Nghia got his eye wounded after being slashed by a man.

Police are still investigating.

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