Promotion dinner ends in tragedy: Local chief’s hyperlink to gunman sparks deadly clash

A gunman, allegedly linked to a neighborhood chief, killed one highway police officer and critically wounded another on Wednesday night within the Mueang district of Nakhon Pathom province after a heated discussion a couple of promotion at a dinner assembly.
The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) commander, Montree Theskhan, confirmed that CSD police, led by deputy Pornsak Laolujiralai, are actively trying to find the gunman in Nakhon Pathom and close by provinces.
The suspect gunman, identified as forty five year outdated Thananchai Manmak, is reportedly linked to Praween Chankhlai, also called Kamnan Nok, a tambon chief.
A tragic incident occurred around 10pm outside a house in Tambon Takong, Mueang district. Kamnan Nok had organised a dinner meeting with a group of highway cops to construct rapport. Police Major Sivakorn Saibua and Police Lieutenant Colonel Wasin Panpee attended the dinner.
During the dinner, Kamnan Nok proposed promoting a freeway police officer underneath Pol. Maj. Sivakorn’s management. Pol. Maj. Sivakorn declined, insisting on promotions following rules and efficiency.
This led to a heated argument, and Kamnan Nok left in frustration. Shortly after, Thananchai approached the officers’ table and opened hearth, fatally injuring Pol. Maj. Sivakorn and wounding Pol. Lt. Col. Wasin.
Simple , Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas, ordered an extensive manhunt for the gunman due to the audacity of his crime, as revealed by the Royal Thai Police spokesman, Pol. Lt. Gen. Achayon Kraithong.
The Nakhon Pathom Court issued an arrest warrant for Thananchai on costs of intentional homicide, tried murder, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and carrying a weapon in public with out permission.
Pol. Gen. Torsak Sukvimol, the deputy police chief, expressed outrage at the brazen assault, emphasizing the audacity of the gunman to commit such a felony offense against the police in a public setting.
He warned that anyone discovered to be concerned would face arrest warrants and authorized consequences, urging the police to take decisive action in case of any retaliation, reported Bangkok Post..

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