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Head of army band shot dead at military base in north-east Thailand – VIDEO

Maya Taylor



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An army band leader has been shot dead at a military camp in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Phanom, with police launching a murder investigation. 34 year old Rungchalerm Pansawasdi was shot 3 times in the head and neck, at the Phra Yod Muang Kwang army base on Wednesday evening. He had just returned from having dinner with his wife, who had dropped him off and driven away.

Rungchalerm was getting on a motorbike when a man approached and shot him at point-blank range before running off. According to a Bangkok Post report, the victim was rushed to Nakhon Phanom Hospital but died a short while later.

Army commander Samart Jintasamit says the perpetrator is likely to be from the army base, adding that the gunman may have been following Rungchalerm for some time and may also have had someone else acting as a lookout. Samart says the gunman appeared to know that the back of the camp is currently being re-fenced, saying he could have escaped that way.

The police, who were at the camp the following afternoon to collect evidence, are working on the case with the help of the military. It’s understood the victim had recently requested a transfer due to conflict with a colleague. An autopsy is being carried out at Srinagarind Hospital, in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Jesus Monroe

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Maybe the guy who shot him was angry he couldn’t play trombone in the band……

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      Grumpy John

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:32 am

      That is a rather insensitive comment Jesus…members of the family maybe Thaiger viewers. Some Thai people do like to spy on…I mean observe…what is being said on the English language forums.

      However dark humour and sarcasm have always been part of my character so the evil side of my brain is saying “Carry on Old Chap!”

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        Jesus Monroe

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:44 pm

        Don’t mean to offend Grumpy John, just dark humour in these dark times…….Of course I feel for the dead guy and his loved ones, thats a given always.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Sad. Three shots in the head is no accident though. Whatever this man was playing in made him some enemies…

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