Five men charged with murder in Logan standoff

Posted: March 15, 2014

Tuesday night's shooting in Logan that killed one man, wounded another, and led to a two-hour standoff began with a dispute over a drug debt, police said Thursday.

Homicide Unit Capt. James Clark said five men have been arrested in connection with the incident, which took place on the 1300 block of West Ruscomb Street. Police responded to reports of a shooting there around 6 p.m. and found a parked car with two men suffering from gunshot wounds inside: Khoeum Roeun, 24, who had been hit in the neck, and his 23-year-old brother, who had been hit in the ankle, Clark said. Roeun was pronounced dead about a half-hour later.

Clark said Thursday that Roeun and his brother, whose name was not released, had gone to a house on Ruscomb Street to settle a drug debt. It was unclear whether the brothers owed or were owed money, he said.

But the brothers got into an argument with several men upon arriving, Clark said, and at one point at least four men pulled out guns and began firing, about 25 shots in total. At least one of the weapons was a semiautomatic assault rifle, Clark said.

Roeun and his brother were unarmed, Clark said.

The men fled into the house, witnesses told police, and patrol and SWAT officers surrounded the home for about two hours before apprehending seven men. Police found five guns, including a semiautomatic rifle, inside the house, Clark said.

Five of the men were charged with Roeun's murder: Tommy Savath, 21, and Jerry Savath, 22, who lived in the home on West Ruscomb; Sambatt Choub, 18, of Olney; Rattanak Sarik, 28, of Logan; and Davey Yath, 19, of Franklinville.


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