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Fugitive shot dead in gunfight with police in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: The suspect shot during a gunfight with police in Nakhon Si Thammarat this morning - Nujaree Raekrun, Bankok Post

A fugitive is dead after a gunfight with police in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The man, identified as 30 year old Pongsak Jessadarom, of the province’s Muang district, was wanted on three warrants for theft.

Police were notified this morning by local residents of two thieves attempting to break into a house. A motorcycle patrol soon arrived at the scene. When they saw the police, the two opened fire with pistols before fleeing. The patrolmen chased the men into the Palong community. One of the burglars ran into a house and attempted to take a student hostage, but the boy freed himself and got away.

The man, later identified as Pongsak, began firing on police and a gunfight erupted. He was shot several times before being arrested. He had a short shotgun and a 9mm pistol.

Pongsak was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The other burglar fled, and is still at large.

Source: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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