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Univited hotel guest shoots at resort owner, police

PHOTO: A man was refused a free room at a resort so he shot at the owner and police. (via Fubiz)

A dramatic pursuit ended in injury for both a police officer and an uninvited guest at a Rayong resort after the guest sharted shooting at the resort owner for denying him a free stay. The incident occurred in the early hours this morning, when police responded to a call from the Klaeng district resort about a reported shooting.

Police were met with a panicked resort owner who was visibly shaken. He recounted to the officers that a guest had approached him requesting to rent a room without any means of payment. After being denied the free room, the man pulled out a gun and began making threats towards the resort owner. He ultimately fired shots, causing the owner to flee for safety.

The police searched the resort for the gunman with the owner telling them he was hiding in room number 10. The man was lying on the bed and was uncooperative with the officers’ commands to surrender. He was clearly not sober, speaking incoherently before pulling out a .38 pistol.

One member of the responding squad attempted to get the gun out of the drugged-up 31 year old man by shooting him in the back with a taser, but the man shot his gun back at the officer while fleeing.

During the gunfight at the resort, the squatter eventually did shoot one of the arresting officers. Then the police managed to shoot the assailant in the leg and take him into custody.

When police officers searched, they discovered the man had not only his pistol but also a stash of drugs. In total, 200 meth pills were found in his possession. The drug stash and the gun were both collected as evidence.

He was taken to Klaeng Hospital for treatment and will face charges once he leaves the hospital. The injured police officer is now reported to be in stable condition.

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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.