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Man arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a police officer outside a petrol station

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A 23 year old man was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a police officer outside a petrol station station in Suphan Buri. The 53 year old police officer, who was wearing civilian clothes, had approached a group who were drinking outside the PTT station, telling them to turn down the music and advising them to go home, a witness says. While the officer was talking to the group, a man walked behind the officer and shot him in the neck, the witness says.

After reviewing surveillance camera footage in the area, police tracked down Sitthiphong Jasa-ard and arrested him at an apartment in the Chon Buri’s Sri Racha district. Police also seized a .38 handgun. Sitthiphong faces charges of murder, possession of an unregistered firearm and bringing a firearm to a public place without a proper reason.

Police say 3 other people at the scene turned themselves in to police.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    This smells fishy. Perhaps something more than meets the eye.

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    Ben

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    This guy just threw away his life.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Nothing necessarily “fishy”.

    Gun crime is rampant in Thailand, and Thailand consistently has one of the highest rates of gun crime / armed homicides in the world – usually in the top three, even including the usual suspects like Columbia and South Africa.

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      Gosport

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      Right, I usually don’t drink with Thai unless very good friends and just one tin. If more coming, I am leaving. Very volatile after drinking.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:49 pm

        It’s not unusual in many Asian countries – like driving a car with an on/off switch rather than a throttle.

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10:02 pm

      I have heard some reports of what a Thai coppers do to suspects, however when a Thai copper is killed, I suspect this accused will appear in court in a wheelchair.
      I am no fan of the Thai police. Evil destroys evil.

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        Gosport

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:15 am

        You sure your report is not a fake report?

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          Toby Andrews

          Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:12 am

          Well years ago up above Chang Mai, a farmer killed another farmer. A small boy saw it.
          When the police took the killer to the small boy, the boy was terrified.
          However, the boy was too young to testify.
          While taking the killer back to his farm, the police killed him and burned his body on a bonfire in the jungle.
          I heard this from an expat that lived up there ten years, and who was a good friend of the police.
          I believed him.

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    Ahhm

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    What about “boss”? Perhaps he should go to jail first?

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    How can you ‘allegedly’ shoot and kill someone…either you did or you didn’t! For God’s sake, why does society beat around the bush with wording?!
    SHOULD IT NOT BE: “A 23 year old Thai scum bag shot and murdered a 53 year old police officer in cold blood, outside a filling station!”
    Ahhhhh, but let’s not forget the ‘Rubber Johnies” from Issan who probably believe he is innocent until proven guilty in a corrupted Thai court room!

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:44 pm

      It’s basic English.

      Alleged, as in not proven – it’s hardly for the news media to decide if someone’s guilty or not.

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    Ian

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I wouldn’t say fishy I’d say why has he done it the police officer was in plain clothes so unless you new him you wouldn’t know he’s a police officer nobody just walks up and shoots a person without cause surely ,this isn’t a movie a guy is dead at 53 even in USA you wouldn’t just randomly shoot someone without cause

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:02 am

      “nobody”?

      Get real. There are fruit cakes in every country – Thailand is no exception.

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        Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:38 pm

        Is the area you live in known for fruit cakes John?

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      James Pate

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5:42 am

      That’s my point exactly. Did the victim and suspect know each other? Was it a set up? The shooting was in Suphan Buri but the suspect was arrested in Sri Racha. That’s a long way to drive home drunk. Why would anyone approach a rowdy group of drunks in a parking lot? Perhaps there is more to this.

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        Rob

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:59 am

        If you watched Thai News, you’d know that the guy ‘did not drive ””home”” to Sri Racha. He fled to there after going home.

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          Rob

          Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:40 am

          I should say…, that as I have come to understand it after watching Thai News and my GF having given me her impression— after the shooting, the guy went to where he was staying or living in Suphan Buri. from there, he apparently then undertook efforts to make his way to Sri Racha. What the precise-exact facts are, I have no idea.

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Yes, it would be more informative to see a clear timeline between the shooting and the arrest. So, as I understand it, the shooting occurred very early Monday morning and the arrest was made on late Tuesday. And, yes, his final stage of the trip to Sri Racha was supposedly by van. I still think there is something more than meets the eye. Yes, often the easiest answer is the correct one. However, it would be too easy to dismiss this as a case of drunken rage or random nutcase.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Punching Bag

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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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