Border Patrol Police 426 teamed up with Region 8 Police and local defence officials who used vehicles to surround 29-year-old Mr Charnchaiyuth Krainara when he attempted to drive a Mitsubishi pickup truck to avoid arrest. Charnchaiyuth pulled out a M67 grenade and was about to throw it at police when he was shot by an officer.
Police have said Charnchaiyuth was one of the biggest drug dealers in the province.
At 9:30 pm last night, Krabi Police Deputy Commander Col Boontawee Toraksa led a team of officers including forensic police to investigate the shooting of a drug suspect in front of a shop on Ruamjaichon Rd in Krabi Yai sub district.
Upon arrival, police found the body of the suspect lying face down on the road in the pool of blood. Charnchaiyuth had been shot once in the back of the neck, with the bullet coming out of his forehead. Close to the body was a live M67 grenade wrapped in tape.
Straight after the shooting officers closed the road and blocked off the area to prevent any vehicles passing through while an EOD team carried out an investigation.
It took the team one hour to safely deactivate and remove the grenade preventing it from exploding. Officers also collected more than 30 11mm and 9mm bullets heads from the road.
After the area was clear, Charnchaiyuth’s body was taken to Krabi Hospital.
On the body was a bag with B3000 cash and a bag of crystal meth (ya ice), police also found 11 bags of methamphetamine pills (ya bah) with 200 pills in each bag inside Charnchaiyuth’s pickup.
Col Boontawee said that Chanchaiyuth was one of the biggest drug dealers in Krabi and Surat Thani provinces. He was arrested before on drug charges and was released from prison three years ago. Police have been monitoring his activities since his release.
“Prior to the shooting incident, undercover officers agreed to buy drugs from Chanchaiyuth and arranged for a delivery at this location. When he arrived and found his client was a police officer he attempted to get away so police surrounded his vehicle using theirs,” Col Boontawee said.
“Police shot at the getaway vehicle and Charnchaiyuth reversed and slammed his vehicle into a patrol vehicle. Chanchaiyuth then lowered his window and flashed a grenade. He came out of his vehicle, pulled out the pin and was ready to throw it at officers when he was shot.
Police revealed that during the shootout two women were in the suspect’s vehicle .They were taken to the Border Patrol Police Station for questioning.