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Police shoot fellow cop on gun rampage

BANGKOK: A 27-hour siege at a house in Bangkok’s Sai Mai district, where a mentally disturbed police officer fired his weapon more than 50 times, ended early yesterday (Mar 15) afternoon.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 16 March 2023, 08:57AM

Task force police in front of the house in Sai Mai district, Bangkok, during the standoff. Photo: Metropolitan Police Bureau

Task force police in front of the house in Sai Mai district, Bangkok, during the standoff. Photo: Metropolitan Police Bureau

Pol Lt Col Kittikarn Saengbun, 51, an inspector attached to the Special Branch Bureau (SBB)’s Intelligence Development Centre, was shot and wounded by police commandos just after midday, ending the standoff, the Metropolitan Police Bureau said.

The wounded man was taken to hospital. No one else was injured, reports the Bangkok Post.

National police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas apologised to those affected.

“Police will provide compensation to houses damaged in the incident as soon as possible,” he said.

Pol Maj Gen Atthapol Anusit, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 2, who is responsible for the case, said initial investigations suggest the incident stemmed from the officer having a mental episode after learning he did not pass a performance assessment and a mental health test.

Sai Mai police and the Arintharat special task force were deployed to the scene after shots were heard in a housing estate on Soi Jeeramakorn in Sai Mai district around 11am Tuesday.

Pol Lt Col Kittikarn began firing shots into the air and inside his house on Tuesday as well as overnight. More shots were fired yesterday morning.

The officer fired more than 50 rounds using two pistols.

A policeman on the street outside, Pol Sgt Sathaporn Kaewphuang of the Arintharat task force, was hit by a stray bullet on his helmet but was unhurt.

Efforts to calm the agitated officer failed.

Around 2:30am yesterday, Arintharat task force officers fired about 20 tear gas canisters into the house.

Then at 5:05am, task force officers and police commandoes placed a ladder up to the second-floor balcony and threw stun grenades into the house.

Negotiation attempts resumed as police tried to persuade Pol Lt Col Kittikarn to surrender, but there was no response.

However, at 10:57am, Pol Lt Col Kittikarn agreed to talk via mobile phone, and asked for cigarettes from negotiators, according to reports.

At 12:17pm police stormed the house and an exchange of gunfire occurred, ending the siege.

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Kurt | 16 March 2023 - 19:42:41

Read in BP that now all Thai police officers get a mental check up. A good initiave if the result will be that 50% of them will kicked out of the force after such check. The left over 50% officers after that  bankaccounts check, and we are getting somewhere decent.

Fascinated | 16 March 2023 - 12:38:16

Funny that I can guess who has commented before actually seeing their name. One wishes JohnC would John Denver. He hasn't got a good word to say about Thailand. One thinks the editors only allow him to post as click-bait.

JohnC | 16 March 2023 - 09:12:04

Thailand seems to be experiencing mentally deranged armed members of the RTP on a more regular basis these days. One wonders whether these people have scheduled psychology testing to determine their fitness and mental stability to do the job they are employed to.


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