Pattaya: Inquiry underway after police sergeant shoots chef dead in hotel car park
Picture: Naew Na
Naew Na reported that four witnesses have been interviewed after a fatal shooting by a police officer in the car park of a North Pattaya hotel on Friday night.
A chef armed with a knife was shot in the head after apparently resisting arrest.
Two patrol officers had responded to calls that a chef with a knife had entered the New Seaview Resort Hotel in Na Klua Soi 18 at 11.40 pm.
The man was Prajakchai Siriwech, 35 and the police officers responding were Pol Sgt Rungniran and Pol Cpl Natthawut.
The officers went to the third floor of the hotel but the suspect evaded capture and was found in the car park still armed with a knife.
Naew Na said that Sgt Rungniran ordered the suspect to lay down his knife which he did. As the sergeant moved in to cuff the suspect he picked up the knife again and went for the officer who tried to defend himself with his truncheon.
The officer was hit in the right hand and lost the truncheon that flew off.
The suspect went for the officer with his knife and the sergeant drew his 9 mm gun and shot low but hit the suspect in the head killing him.
The suspect had a conviction for possessing drugs in Bung Kan province in 2012.
A full inquiry interviewing four people at the scene is underway.
Source: Naew Na
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