2 police officers were shot and severely wounded in a gunfire exchange while executing a search warrant at a luxury home in Chon Buri’s Huayyai, just outside Pattaya. A gardener was mowing the lawn when a team of police arrived at the home. As soon as they knocked on the front door, a man inside fired shots from an upper floor of the home, the gardener says.
Police Captain Panthep Sriboonnak was shot in his shoulder, chest and stomach and is now in critical condition. The other officer, Greetha Thipnet, has a bullet wound on his leg.
Region 2 Police, Tourist Police, Immigration Officers, the Huayyai Police, and Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, were then called to the scene. The home was searched and officers found a firearm and 40 spent bullet cartridges. Blood was on the floor.
Police arrested the alleged shooter, 35 year old Jang Yang, from China, as well as five other Chinese nationals, a gardener and 2 housekeepers from Myanmar. Jang faces charges of attempted murder.
A report from the Bangkok Post says the police had a search warrant because “they were looking for evidence that a group of Chinese nationals who rented the house might be members of a mafia gang, as they seemed to be unusually rich.”
The home was located on a golf course and said to be valued at hundreds of millions of baht. Luxury vehicles, including a Porsche and Rolls Royce, were parked outside.
Police say they are still investigating and will release more information at a later time.
SOURCES: Pattaya News| Bangkok Post
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Please do a follow up on this.
@Greg – There’s a lot more to follow up on. But likely we’ll hear nothing.
Shake down gone wrong?
40 spent bullets cases in the house, and only 4 shots hit the policemen – bad shots weren’t they?
My neighbours for several years before we moved. Gen.
panic reaction, may be, the owner is a lottery-winner, and told his guard, that in Thailand, police could kill lottery-winners.
I feel sorry for the gardener and house servants. What an ordeal for them! Out of a job now, too.
more heading to the Bangkok Hilton unless they are really that rich to buy way out .
@Dreqo – I bet you’re on to something
A couple of cops show up so they take pot shots at them from the balcony? Criminals but not professional criminals.
@Dreqo – I agree you’re onto something. And it doesn’t sound like it went down the way the gardener described it either.
This is how the BiB investigate? “…might be members of a mafia gang, as they seemed to be unusually rich.”
No investigations, background checks, coordinating with Chinese police officials? Sounds like none of that was done.
So, all the “unusually rich” should be approached? This is really shoddy police work.
The SWAT team pulled up and jumped out the back of some 1990 smashed in pickup While the tourist police looked on in amazement ?
Since the Russian mafia had left,the Chinese mafia have been more active.This is mainly due to the favorable treatment to rich foreigners entering the kingdom plus police corruption.
Only ‘offence’ is that they seemed to be rich?……………I am guessing a shakedown by the police was the intended outcome however they happened to be real villains.
I’m guessing this is a major cash cow for the RTP. We’ll probably hear nothing else about this, and “negotiations” between the top RTP brass and the criminals will smooth out all “misunderstandings”. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a new Rolls and a Porsche parked at some posh summer home in the not too distant future.
Where’s Gosport the incognito wumao to talk about “dirty falangs”?