Midnight shootout in Bangkok lands drug suspect in hospital

A drug suspect has been severely injured in a gunfight with police in Bang Khen district, north of the Bangkok city centre, early this morning. 33 year old Atthapol Phosuwan from Nakhon Sawan was shot in his left cheek, right thigh and right calf . He was apprehended and rushed to Bhumibol Hospital.

A team of motorcycle patrol policemen from Bang Khen police station spotted the suspect driving a motorcycle without a licence plate on Soi Phaholyothin 50 just after midnight. The police stopped him for a search but Atthapol ditched the motorcycle and ran, prompting two officers to run after him.

The policemen said Atthapol turned and fired at them five times and so they returned fire, hitting their target.

Police found five grams of crystal methamphetamine on him and seized a Glock semi-automatic pistol with four remaining rounds of ammunition inside. Five spent shells were found at the scene, and seven rounds of ammunition were discovered in his trouser pocket.


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