OVER 50 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) policemen in southern Trang province are hunting for one of their men after he shot dead a customer and injured two others during a pub fight in the wee hours of this morning (Oct. 25), Matichon newspaper said.
At 1.13 a.m. Pol. Sgt. Maj. Chutiphon Nakkaew, or Sergeant Bird, head of the defence and suppression unit at Ban Nong Aueang police station in Palian district and assistant to the provincial SWAT unit, was very drunk when he kicked a chair that hit a customer, identified at Mr. Chitkorn Kongchan, or Khao, 32, at a nearby table.
The angry customer got up and pushed the SWAT officer who then fired 10 shots at him with his 9mm pistol, killing him on the spot.
Police said the deceased man is a friend of local politicians and is well-known in this province.
At 8 a.m. this morning a large team of over 50 SWAT officers including both those in uniform and others wearing plainclothes, led by Pol. Col. Rattakorn Phakdiwanich, chief of Trang provincial police, barricaded the SWAT unit office within the provincial police headquarters after finding out that the suspect had come in and stolen a rifle and a bullet-proof vest.
Some members of the team are patrolling the area near the SWAT office while another two groups are searching the houses of the suspect’s friends as it is believed he could be hiding in one of them.
Pol.Sgt.Maj.Chutiphon Nakkaew, inset, and the SWAT team searching for him today. Photos: Matichon