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05 January 2013 :: 16:01:06 pm 70086

Accused Cop Under Fire In Shooting Incident

A 51-year-old Pattaya police sergeant major has been ordered to retire in connection with an incident where someone shot at the apartment windows of the Pattaya police superintendent. The officer denied the accusations, despite friction between him and the new superintendent.
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PATTAYA – January 4, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 10 a.m., police investigators from the Chonburi department of proving for evidence came to the Pattaya police station to conduct an investigation over the shooting of the apartment windows of police superintendent Pol. Col. Suwan Cheawnawinthawat. The shooting occurred sometime in the early morning hours following New Year’s Eve.

The superindent’s living quarters are behind the Pattaya police station, but he reportedly has another residence where he usually sleeps. He was not in the living quarters at the time of the shooting.

The unknown shooter used the rifle and shot five times at the bedroom windows of the superintendent’s first-floor apartment in A building behind the police station. The tinted, reinforced windows were punctured by bullet holes, and a document cabinet in the room got damaged. Initially, the police found a spent bullet shell, number 12 size, that fell at the incident.

A witness also indicated that the gunman is Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit Sahapaphaphat or Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Keng age 51.

After the Chonburi investigaors arrived, the suspect officer, Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit, came to the Pattya police station without any trace of worry on his face.

He also cooperated with the investigating officers to open his bedroom on the second floor of B building, which is opposite to the room of the superintendent.

The investigators took about an hour for their inspection, during which they used a measuring tape to measure the distance from the room of Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit to the room of Pol. Col. Suwan in the A building.

Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit insisted to a reporter that he did not shoot at the bedroom windows of Pol. Col. Suwan, and he confirmed that he didn’t know anything about who might have done it.

Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit said on the day of the shooting, he was assigned to be a security officer at the New Year’s Countdown fair at Laem Balihai. After he finished work, he came back to sleep in his room. Then on the next day, he took his wife and children to travel to upcountry, and then came back to work as usual.

The reporter asked Mr. Theephatsit whether he had gone to see Pol. Col. Suwan and the investigation officer to discuss the case yet. Mr. Theephatsit replied that he still had not seen them yet, because the superintendent went to have the meeting at Chonburi province police station and the investigation officer didn’t call him.

Meanwhile, at the office of the National Police Bureau, Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, the Director-General, announced that he has commanded Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit Sahapaphapat to retire from the police force.

However, the police general said that the forced retirement is not related to the shooting incident, but because of the unsatisfactory work by Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit, which does not meet the standards of the new superintendent, Pol. Col. Suwa. The new superintendent started working at the Pattaya station two months ago, and is very strict about the work performance of subordinates.

The reporter questioned Pol. Lt. Col. Songkhram Pun-eam, the investigation officer assigned to the shooting case. The officer indicated to the reporter that initially the police didn’t gather evidence to ask for the court to issue the arrest warrant. They still haven’t called Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Theephatsit to do any investigation, he said.

Pattaya Police Station Office Raked by Gunfire

The office of the Superintendent of the Pattaya police station was sprayed by gunfire that shattered several mirrored windows. The unknown shooter may have been a drunk police officer with a grudge against his superiors. No one was hurt or injured in the incident.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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