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Phuket land access row ends in gunfight

PHUKET: Two men were injured in a shootout in central Phuket yesterday (Feb 25) after tempers flared over allowing access across an 800-rai plot of land.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 26 February 2018, 12:32PM


Police arrived to find two men with gunshot wounds and the windscreen a pickup truck shot out. Photo: Thalang Police

Police arrived to find two men with gunshot wounds and the windscreen a pickup truck shot out. Photo: Thalang Police

Police responding to the incident seized four firearms: two shotguns, one rifle and .45-calibre Glock G21 handgun.

Capt Ronnatee Pichitchainitimet of the Thalang Police was notified of the shootout at 3:30pm.

Thalang Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Anukun Nooket and fellow Deputy Chief Lt Col Natapop Pongsapan Pongsapan led a team of officers to the scene, the entrance to an 800-rai plot located behind Thepwanaram Temple (Wat Manik Temple) in Srisoonthorn.

Joining the Thalang Police deputy commanders were Maj Surasak Leewijit and Capt Ronnatee.

Rescue workers also arrived with the police to find a Ford pickup truck with its windscreen shot out and spent bullet casings and shotgun cartridges on the ground.

Two men, Wichien Chinnawongprom and Somrit Denmalai, had suffered serious gunshot wounds and were taken to Thalang Hospital.

Police have confirmed that due to the extent of their injuries both men have since been transferred transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

Police took both parties to the gunfight into custody, with Jakkree Nandit, 33, and Sorleear Denmalai, 54, arrested and officers seizing from them a .22 rifle and an old single-barrel shotgun. Jakkree and Sorleear live behind the land in dispute.

Police also arrested three men – Chaiyan Jaisawang, 51; Sinchai Kaewmeka, 42; and Weerawat Janprasert, 48 – and seized from them the Glock handgun and a shotgun. The three men are hired as caretakers for the 800-rai of land, which is owned by Madoro Co Ltd.

All five were taken to Thalang Police Station.

“The incident happened immediately after Jakkree and Sorleear did not close a wooden gate behind them after they crossed the land,” explained Col Anukun said.

“An argument broke out, and Jakkree and Sorleear went back to their home and returned with guns. The two groups threatened each other, then started shooting,” he said.

“Three years ago we received a complaint from the company about their people who live behind the land. The case became more serious and ended up in court,” Col Anukun noted.

“The court has ordered that the people living behind the land can continue to cross the land while the case is being heard in court,” he explained.

“We are continuing our investigation into the shootings, with forensic police assisting. We have already confirmed that all four guns involved are legally registered,” Col Anukun added.

 

 

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Pauly44 | 27 February 2018 - 12:41:58

Always get the one stupid comment from the same poster defending the indefensible. Thailand is just as dangerous if not more so than the U.S as "farangs" are not treated equally by law enforcement and don't possess  any civil rights in Thailand. 

CaptainJack69 | 26 February 2018 - 23:16:26

"We have already confirmed that all four guns involved are legally registered". Oh, that's alright then. "Registered" or not it's against Thai law to drive around with a weapon in your car even if it's not loaded. Never mind actually discharging it. Of course doing so at people is attempted murder. So lets see what happens here.

Asterix | 26 February 2018 - 20:04:34

In Thailand, when you have armed guards to keep away local people, it is most of the time a gambling den in an isolated farm with many barriers to slow down the arrival of police force without forgetting several dirt roads to escape them in an easily way.

Jor12 | 26 February 2018 - 19:28:34

Hell...try America...now that's scary. They will shoot you just for knocking on your door and for asking directions. No problem...it's perfectly legal.

Christy Sweet | 26 February 2018 - 15:32:47

I've owned and fired all kinds of guns all my life and have never used one in an improper manner. I use to shoot trap in college with 12 gauge shotguns. I own horses I keep on my property and have a need for emergency euthanasia. But, noooooo.... I cannot own a gun for virtue of my nationality. Police just smirk and giggle when I bring it up. 

BenPendejo | 26 February 2018 - 14:49:08

Scary to think that any adult can legally register a gun...even if they have the temperment and mental capacity of a mentally ill child.  Don't close a gate...just shoot the bastards.  Oh the insanity of it all.

Kurt | 26 February 2018 - 14:28:59

Like for foreigners who merry a thai woman, are thai gun holders also going through fingerprint processing? 
Thai gun holders are more dangerous than foreigners who merry a thai woman.

malczx7r | 26 February 2018 - 13:23:50

Nice Buddhist way of life here.

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