webfact 167159 Posted March 23 Share Posted March 23 Picture: Daily News Daily News reported that an armed siege in a housing estate in the sleepy city of Phetchaburi in south/central Thailand came to an end around four this morning. The man responsible who had been holed up in his house - 29 year old Anuwat Waenthong - was shot dead by police in a judicial killing. The 15 hour standoff played out in Soi 4 at the Krungpetch Villa estate in Ban Rai Kluay in Ton Mamuang sub-district. Other reports suggested there had been around 100 shots fired during the night as police exchanged fire. Senior policeman Pol Gen Torsak Sukhwimon had led the police operation. Earlier a video had shown the shooter's mother speaking to him via a loudspeaker in a vehicle in an effort to get her son to give up. He was apparently stressed about having to go to court to face drugs' charges. One of the injured victims was the local mayor of Ton Mamuang. All the dead were retrieved and the injured taken to hospital. The shooter had apparently fired at neighbors from his house. Daily News said that Anuwat was a former temporary employee of the Tap Lan national park and that he was an expert marksman. At 4.13 am the provincial governor Natthachai Namphoonsuksan gave details about what had happened to the press. This latest shooting comes after high profile international followed incidents such as the Terminal 21 shootings in Korat that claimed more than three dozen lives and the multiple shootings at a nursery school in Nong Bua Lamphu, both in the north east of the country. On both those occasions the shooter was also shot dead by police. Guns are often used in the pursuit of crime with police making regular seizures. Gun ownership in Thailand is huge with both illegally made local weapons and imports widely available. Police have tried to crack down on their sale online but the gun violence - and deaths - continue unabated. Extra reporting from the ASEAN NOW news team. -- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2023-03-23 - Cigna offers a range of visa-compliant plans that meet the minimum requirement of medical treatment, including COVID-19, up to THB 3m. For more information on all expat health insurance plans click here. The most versatile and flexible rental investment and holiday home solution in Thailand - click for more information. Get your business in front of millions of customers who read ASEAN NOW with an interest in Thailand every month - email [email protected] for more information 1 1 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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