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Pattaya police investigate a man’s shooting death, the day after his birthday

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Officers examine the scene of the tragedy - The Pattaya News

A man in Pattaya has died after being shot. The 32 year old Thai man was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Police were notified of the incident yesterday at about 6:30am and are investigating to determine whether it was suicide or homicide.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene on a rural road to find 32 year old Somphon Pokklum with a single bullet wound to his head. Nearby, police found a handmade pistol. The man was still alive but critically injured. Despite efforts at the scene, and being rushed to hospital, Somphon was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital.

There were no witnesses at the scene, but a friend of Somphon told local media that his birthday had been the day before and had been out celebrating and. Friends say he was in ‘high spirits’ at the time.

Police are continuing their investigation.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

 

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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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