A POLICEMAN on the run after killing his father-in-law and two other relatives at their house in Surat Thani with his brother who accompanied him also dying there is believed to have shot dead his wife with his son too found dead in an abandoned sedan taking the death toll to six, Thai Rath newspaper said today (Apr. 10).
Pol.Snr.Sgt.Maj.Attaporn Wichien, 46, attached to Kanchanadit police station in this southern province, used three firearms in the deadly attack over a land dispute with one being an M16 rifle and the other two a pistol and a shotgun.
Killed on Saturday evening (Apr. 8) were Mr. Thammarong Nilniyom, or Phoo Yai Rong, 60, a former village headman and owner of the house in Bang Ngon subdistrict, Phunphin district, his wife Mrs. Nilthip Palakachen, or Taeng, 49, his brother Mr. Pornsak Petchchu, or Phoo Yai Kraw, 56, also a former village headman, with the policeman’s brother Mr. Thammarat Wichien, 48, who was only recently released from jail, also found dead there.
At 9.10 a.m. this morning Khiri Rat Nikhom police station was notified of a death at a room in a resort in this area and a team that went there found that Attaporn’s wife, Ms Panida Nilniyom, or Tak, who is Thammarong’s daughter by his first wife, had been shot dead. Police are investigating the crime scene and believe she was killed by her husband.
At around 9 p.m. last night a monk at Wat Kraisorn Khet Raram, Khao Phang subdistrict, Ban Ta Khun district, found the body of Attaporn’s son, only identified as Mr. Bass, 22, in a sedan. He had been shot in the head while seated on the front passenger seat with his hands tied with a holy thread and his body covered with a cloth.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Saranyoo Chamnanrat, head of Surat Thani provincial police, has issued an order dismissing Attaporn from service while Surat Thani Provincial Court issued arrest warrants for two suspects and aside from Attaporn an unemployed man only identified as Mr. Manop, 57, too is wanted.
Mugshots of Pol.Snr.Sgt.Maj.Attaporn Wichien and his dead wife Ms Panida Nilniyom inset over cordoned off crime. Credit: Thai Rath