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PHOTO: The gun in question fired while being cleaned.

Medics and police responded to a call last night where a man in Samut Prakan accidentally shot himself with his own gun while cleaning it. The 42 year old man, Thammarat Kaewkomonman, was found unconscious but alive, lying on the floor of the building and was rushed to Samut Prakan Hospital. He has a bullet hole on the left side of the chest, and an exit wound in his back.

Thammarat was in his home district of Muang and the gun accident occurred in a commercial building there. His 17 year old son was with his friends playing a video game in the room when they heard the bang of a gunshot.

His dad had been cleaning his CMMG Mk4 3GR rifle on the other side of the room. He owned this gun, which was legal and properly registered, as well as 6 BB guns that were on display in a showcase mounted on the wall. His son said his father was a gun enthusiast and collector.

The gun Thammarat had been cleaning had not been checked to confirm it was unloaded before the accident. 4 cartridges were still loaded, along with the spent shell that shot him. The gun went off, and his son turned from his game to find his father lying unconscious on the floor with the gunshot wound in his chest, having accidentally shot himself.

His son called the police for help around 10 pm. The hospital reports that Thammarat was seriously wounded. An investigation is ongoing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Just as well.
    A person as inept with a gun such as him might have shot his son.

  2. Dean Millard

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:35 pm


  3. Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Not very bright to have been cleaning a weapon that was loaded, mag on, and made ready … pretty clever, though, to have managed to shoot himself in the chest, by accident, with a rifle …

  4. sam

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    There was a senator,who carried an automatic gun to dinner,but he accidentally shot dead his aide,his former wife. He escaped punishment. Maybe,Thailand is following American style of gun ownership with “guns do not kill” mentality.

  5. chupapi

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Mk47, perhaps

  6. James R

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:31 am

    I worked in the USA for a year, there were daily news items where very young siblings or friends had found their parents guns, thought they were toys and where one kid had shot to death another kid.

    Terrible, why have a gun as more innocent people are killed with them than the so called ‘baddies’?

    In Thailand I was in a friends house on one occasion and they showed me their collection of guns, one was the massive Magnum hand gun, another an Uzi automatic and a few others, it makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck seeing such things.

  7. Rasputin

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Must have had very long arms to manage to do that

  8. Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Exactly my point, @Rasputin.

    It’s not possible for him to have shot himself in the chest with the bullet going out of his back with a weapon like this unless he pulled the trigger with his toe.

  9. Lindsay

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:13 am

    @Rasputin – You’d be surprised how bizarre accidental shootings are, I was in a hospital bed beside a guy who blew the center of his hand out accidentally with a shotgun.

  10. Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Nothing really “bizarre” about that, Lindsay – hand to hand distance is 5 to 6 feet for most people.

    Hand to chest, in front of you so the bullet can come out of your back, is a lot less – a couple of feet – measure it yourself.

  11. Lindsay

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    @Simon Small – Yes but your assuming a finger has to be on the trigger for a gun to discharge. The three accidental shootings I am familiar with only one had a finger on the trigger (shot thru the spine whilst driving on a rabbit shoot )the other two were plonking the butt of the loaded shotgun on the ground with his hand over the barrel(hand nowhere near the trigger) and the second a lady farmer withdrawing a loaded rifle from the front seat by the barrel and getting shot under the arm and thru the heart. This last one was decided by the coroner that the corner of the car seat pulled the trigger whilst she was pulling the rifle out to use it. I’m guessing they didn’t think a external force could also trigger the firing.

  12. James R

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3:12 am

    The barrel is only 18 inches long and you can disassemble the stock so it would be short enough for someone to shoot themself accidentally with it.

  13. Steve

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Maybe an Iq test for gun holders should be instigated. It should cut down gun ownership down by 70%.

  14. BJoe

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Agree with those who understand that gun accidents can occur in very bizarre ways. I also strongly believe that with that right to own, you bear the consequences of that ownership whether it be an accident or not…serious consequences.

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