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Police in the northeastern Nakhon Ratchasisma province, aka Korat, are offering a 30,000 baht reward for information leading to the arrest of a drug dealer who escaped after shooting an undercover agent in a sting operation gone bad. 38 year old Phadungsil Lohakart allegedly shot officer Song Tuaykrathok, who was posing as a buyer of crystal methamphetamine, in Korat’s Khong district on Wednesday. The officer was hit in the chest and arm and taken to hospital in critical condition.

The suspect fled to a nearby cassava plantation, where he managed to evade a police dragnet. Investigators summoned friends of the suspect for questioning today after a witness reported seeing a friend helping him escape. The fugitive is believed to have fled into the downtown district of the province’s capitol.

A police source told reporters other suspected members of the drug network have been questioned for information about the suspect’s escape route and hideout.

The deputy chief of the Provincial Police Region 3 today offered a cash reward of 30,000 baht for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

He reports that Song is still being treated in the ICU at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital but has regained consciousness.

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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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