Negotiator stops cop who robs gold shops from killing himself

Col. Dang Ngoc Son, Deputy Director of Thua Thien-Hue Provincial Police Department, was informed of a robbery at a gold shop in the province last Sunday afternoon.

Upon arriving at the scene of Dong Ba market, the suspect had fled.

The suspect was later confirmed to be Ngo Van Quoc, 38, an officer working at Binh Dien prison in Huong Tra town of Thua Thien-Hue.

Nguyen Van Quoc calls his family from a park after he robbed two gold shops in Thua Thien-Hue province on July 31, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Van An

Around 12:30 p.m. that day, dressed in a police uniform, Quoc took an AK47 rifle with him to two gold shops in the market, threatened the staff and shot five times at the glass shelves where gold objects were on display.

He took the items, threw them in the street and shouted, “Gold for the poor,” according to eyewitnesses.

He rehearsed the stunt for 10 minutes before leaving the scene, walking along Tran Hung Dao Street past the market to reach Trinh Cong Son Park, where he called his family, according to police.

He always had the gun with him in the park.

Hundreds of police were dispatched to the area around the park with fire engines nearby.

By the time he reached the park, Son asked all vehicles to turn off their sirens, as he believed it would affect the suspect’s mental stability.

Quoc, still clinging to his weapon, demanded to speak face to face with an official of the highest rank, which meant Son.

Colonel Dang Ngoc Son (L) prepares to negotiate with prison warden Ngo Van Quoc to persuade him to drop his gun after robbing gold shops in Hue on July 31, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

Colonel Dang Ngoc Son (left) oversees a fire rescue mission in Thua Thien Hue province in May 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

“Anyone in my position would do the same because if we hadn’t followed his request he could have gone mad and the consequence could have been serious because he still had 10 bullets left in his gun,” Son said. .

Son approached Quoc on his own. Standing about 10-15 meters away, he began to convince the suspect to surrender.

“The first thing he said when he saw me was ‘I know you, Mr. Son.'”

“If you know me then you should trust me and listen to me. I can guarantee that if you stop here you will be treated with leniency and I will drive you to the car and no one will do anything to you. ” Son told the suspect.

He added that Quoc was showing signs of agitation and wanted to kill himself.

I said to him, “You better drop your weapon right now.” Think of your family, your wife and your children. All I ask is that you don’t hurt anyone here. you, but what about your relatives who are still alive?

After about 15 minutes of negotiation, Quoc agreed to drop his gun and surrender despite not allowing anyone near him.

Son walked over and grabbed the gun the moment he had the chance and took Quoc to the police car.

Police and firefighters surround the police car in which Nguyen Van Quoc is being held in Thua Thien-Hue province on July 31, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

Police and firefighters surround a police car in which prison guard and gold shop robber Ngo Van Quoc is being held in Thua Thien-Hue province on July 31, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

Col. Pham Van Toan, head of the Thua Thien-Hue Police Department’s Criminal Police Division, said his team had prepared to shoot Quoc if necessary.

“In case Quoc insisted on fighting back after getting injured, we should have taken him down,” Toan said.

Quoc is in custody for further investigation.

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