Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday asked a court to charge a policeman with murder for allegedly shooting dead a Cairo tea vendor who asked him to pay for his drink, Al-Ahram daily reported.
El-Sayed Zeinhom Abdel-Razek was arrested in Cairo on 19 April for allegedly firing the fatal shot at the tea vendor after a row broke out when he refused to serve Abdel-Razek and two other colleagues for free.
The incident took place at the upscale El-Rehab residential compound, where Abdel-Razek and the other police officers regularly drank tea from the tea vendor without paying for it, Al-Ahram said.
The tea vendor suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest and when his friends tried to wrest Abdel-Razek's weapon from him, another shot was fired, injuring another man, prosecutors said.
Another policeman is being tried for murder after he killed a taxi driver in Cairo's working-class El-Darb El-Ahmar district in February during a dispute over a fare, Al-Ahram said.