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Committee forms to investigate fatal shooting by police officer

Caitlin Ashworth

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Following outrage from locals over the killing of drug suspect by police, an investigation panel has been set up to look into the fatal shooting.

10 police officers, acting on an arrest warrant, surrounded 31 year old Charoensak Rachpumad at a rubber plantation in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Ron Phibun district. Witnesses say Charoensak, who only had a small knife, was raising his arms to surrender when a police officer shot and killed him. The officer says Charoensak was charging at him with the knife and he fired in self-defense.

Locals were angry and around 100 of them surrounded police for a couple hours. Witnesses say the police “overrated.” Chareonsak’s family says they will press charges.

Provincial Police Chief Thamnoon Prayuenyong signed up an order to form an investigation committee. Deputy Provincial Police Chief Paisal Sangthep will chair the committee. Thamnoon says the panel will examine all the evidence and question witnesses from both sides.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I’m guessing locals said police “overreacted”?

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Even so they could have shot him in the leg.
    If he was charging them with a knife, a experienced squad of coppers could have brought him down with batons.
    Yes locals have cause to object . . .

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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