Thai police on Wednesday detained a senior police officer who fired several shots from his home in Bangkok after his colleagues tried to take him to a mental institution, ending a more than 24-hour standoff. Happened.
Police Lieutenant General Samran Nualma, assistant to the police chief, said the gunman, identified as Police Lieutenant Colonel Kitikarn Sangbun, was taken to hospital on Wednesday. He did not specify the nature of Kitikarna’s injury and how it happened, but said no one else was hurt.
Video posted on Twitter by the newspaper Khosod showed the end of the incident as Kitikarn, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and holding a carving knife in his left hand, broke through a second-floor window and fell into a small From, jumped into the disorderly room. Backyard. He lay stunned for several seconds until police in full tactical gear came out the back door of the house, fatally apprehending him.
Police Colonel Rangson Sornsing, superintendent of Bangkok’s Sai Mai police station, said the incident began on Tuesday morning when Kitikarn’s superiors were about to take him to a mental asylum for treatment, but were refused. Police did not provide further details about why they were taking the man away for treatment.
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After this, Kitikarn fired towards the police who reached the spot. Officers tried several methods to capture him as they evacuated and cordoned off the surrounding area.
The police fired tear gas on Tuesday night and Kitikarna reportedly retaliated by firing bullets. On Wednesday morning, a junior officer sang songs for Kitikarna in an attempt to pacify him, asking him to turn towards him in between.
A self-described sage, a traditional Asian hermit healer, arrived at the scene Tuesday night and declared that the gunman was possessed. Crime news website Ejaan reported that he said he would be able to resolve the situation if he was allowed to meet the officer, but the police did not allow the meeting due to security concerns. The situation attracted national interest in Thailand, with the hashtag “crazy inspector” trending on Twitter.
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The government’s National News Bureau of Thailand said in a Twitter post that at one point a shot was fired but failed to penetrate the helmet of an officer in the standoff.
Thailand’s deadliest massacre occurred last year when a former police officer shot and killed 36 people at a daycare center. The country’s previous biggest mass killing involved a dissident soldier who opened fire in and around a mall in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in 2020, killing 29 people and holding off security forces for nearly 16 hours before they were eventually released. were killed.
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Mass shootings are rare but not unheard of in Thailand, which has one of the highest civilian gun ownership rates in Asia, with 15.1 weapons per 100 people, compared to only 0.3 in Singapore and 0.25 in Japan. That’s still lower than the United States’ rate of 120.5 per 100 people, according to a 2017 survey by Australia’s GunPolicy.org non-profit organization.
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