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Pomona man charged in January shooting

A 26-year-old man from Pomona has been charged in the January killing of a man in Long Beach, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Thearath Sam, an Asian man, was charged Feb. 25 with one count of murder and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the criminal complaint.

Sam is suspected of fatally shooting Sambo Chhoy, 33, on Jan. 20. Chhoy was found by police in the street and died at a hospital.

Although authorities described Sam and Chhoy as suspected gang members, a personal dispute is believed to be the reason for the killing, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

Sam, who was convicted of vandalism in 2007, is due in court March 12 for an arraignment.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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