Police commander shot by wife in home

PHOTO: The Commander of the Royal Thai Police Office was shot dead in his home by his wife. (via Police)

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) Office was left stunned by the tragic death of Pol Lt Gen Panya Pinsuk, their commander, who was found shot at his home on Sunday afternoon. Today, his wife, Pornprapha Pinsuk, who was alone in the house with him at the time of his death, confessed to the shooting.

According to reports, the police received notice of a shooting at his residence in the Thawi Watthana district of Bangkok. When they arrived, they discovered his body next to a silver Toyota sedan parked in front of the house. He had been shot twice, once in his chest and once at his collarbone.

The police found a .38 revolver on a cupboard and a Glock pistol on the floor in one of the rooms. Pol Lt Gen Panya’s wife was brought out of the house in a state of shock, and the police did not find any signs of a struggle in the house.

The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, who was a police cadet classmate of the dead commander, was also present at the scene.

According to the Bangkok police chief, the shooting stemmed from a family matter. He stated that the police commander’s wife allegedly shot him due to stress.

Today the Superintendent of Thammasala Police Station, announced that they had arrested the officer’s wife and charged her with intentional murder. During the investigation, Pornprapha confessed to police that she was the one who used a gun to shoot and killed her husband because of stress and personal problems within the family.

After recording her statement and collecting evidence, the police granted Pornprapha bail with a security deposit of 500,000 baht. The deposit was granted because she had a permanent address, had not attempted to flee, was not likely to tamper with the evidence, and had confessed to the charges.

Pornprapha’s daughter, who stayed up all night to take care of her mother during the investigation, submitted the security deposit in cash. She had also stated that her mother did not want to go back to the house where the incident occurred, as she was still struggling to come to terms with what had happened.

Her daughter said that her mother was not mentally prepared to face the traumatic events. She said they would return to her home to care for her mother there.

Pol Lt Gen Panya was well-known and respected within the RTP, and he had managed several high-profile cases, including human trafficking and the black leopard hunting case involving construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta. He was also recognized as a legal expert within the organization.

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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