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Phuket prison officer shot and robbed of Bt 3mn



PHUKET: A Phuket prison officer was shot and robbed of 3 million baht in cash near Wat Chalong last night, in what police believe was a sweet business deal gone sour.

At about 8:30pm, Chalong Police received a report about the shooting on Luangpor Chaem Road from a concerned local resident, who explained that despite injuries sustained the victim had driven his vehicle to a relative’s house a short distance away.

Superintendent Col Sirisak Warasiri led police officers to the relative’s house in Soi Guan Yu Shrine in Chalong.

At the scene, police officers found a black Toyota Vigo pickup truck belonging to the victim, Mr Darunun Teepapan, a 41-year-old correctional officer at Phuket Provincial Prison.

Mr Darunun was not at the house when police arrived, as the same resident who reported the incident had taken him to Phuket International Hospital for treatment to his neck and shoulder.

An examination of the vehicle revealed a bullet hole in the driver’s side window and blood stains on the driver’s seat.

Col Sirisak interviewed Mr Darunun at the hospital.

“Having spoken to Mr Darunun, I’m under the impression that the cause of this incident was a business conflict. Both men invested in the same construction project, but unfortunately couldn’t agree on how to divide the profits. So, his partner decided to shoot him and take all the money,” explained Col Sirisak.

“We already know who the suspect is and where he lives. We’ll arrest him as soon as possible,” he added.

Mr Darunun was last reported to be in stable condition.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


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