Teenage boy dies while playing with dad’s rifle


A 14-YEAR-OLD boy died while playing with his father’s muzzle-loading rifle with his younger brother and accidently set it off in Phitsanulok province this afternoon (May 9), said.

At 1.30 p.m. Pol. Lt. Col. Sanae Phomrat, an inspector at Nakhon Thai police station, quickly went to a house in Noen Phoem subdistrict together with a police forensic officer, a doctor from Nakhon Thai Crown Prince Hospital and rescuers from Mittraphap Monhkolthum Foundation.

There they found Teeradet Papira, a second grade student, lying dead in the single-storey wooden house raised on stilts with a gunshot wound in the nape of his neck.

His father, Anon Papira, 37, told police that when the shooting occurred he had gone to drop off his aunt at another village. The deceased boy was alone at home with his younger brother, Teerathon Papira, 12.

The younger boy said his older brother had brought out the muzzle-loading rifle from the kitchen below and they started playing with it. The rifle suddenly slipped out of his brother’s hand and went off when it hit the floor with the bullet hitting him in the neck.

In a state of shock the younger boy put the rifle away in the kitchen, washed the blood that had spilled on him, and waited for the father to return.

Police initially sent the boy’s body to Nakhon Thai Crown Prince Hospital for an autopsy after which it will be handed back to the family for a funeral and will also be investigating the cause of this boy’s death.


The house where the teenage boy died while playing with a rifle with his younger brother. The Thai headline says, “Playing with a rifle, it goes off and kills older brother.” Photo:

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