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Ya bah addict gunned down after 4-hour standoff

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PHUKET CITY: A four-hour standoff between police and a drug-crazed pork vendor ended violently yesterday, with a Phuket City policeman sustaining two bullet wounds before returning fire and hitting the gunman three times.

After being felled, the man tried to take his own life by shooting himself in the head – but his gun failed to fire.

Phuket City Police Inspector Lt Col Umpolwat Sangrueng told the Gazette that the drama started about 5 am, when Khamlah Thaninkunlaphat, wife of 39-year-old Chayakorn “Aod” Thaninkunlaphat, arrived at Phuket City Police Station to report that her husband was in a psychotic state, the result of his latest round ya bah (methamphetamine) abuse after years of addiction.

K. Khamlah told police that she had hidden her husband’s 9-mm pistol from him the day before out of fear he would shoot somebody. The loss of the weapon only aggravated him, however, inciting him to take even more of the drug, Col Umpolwat quoted the woman as saying.

As she was explaining the situation to police, K. Khamlah received a call on her mobile phone from a relative, who said that her husband had found the weapon and was running amok with it in their neighborhood on Soi Po Kui, off Mae Luan Rd.

Returning home, she found that Chayakorn had burned the inside of his pickup truck, which was still smoldering on a soi nearby. In front of the house was Chayakorn, sitting on a motorbike and holding his gun.

Demanding that everyone accompany him, Chayakorn said he was going to visit the grave of his father and paternal grandfather at the Chinese cemetery behind Surakul Stadium, not far from their home.

As Chayakorn stood by his father’s grave near the road, police arrived. Seeing them, Chayakorn set fire to some high grass before fleeing to an uphill part of the cemetery some 200 meters from the road, firing warning shots and threatening to shoot anyone who approached.

His wife, daughter and a relative were later given a megaphone and pleaded with Chayakorn to give himself up, but he probably had trouble hearing them because he is deaf in one ear, Col Umpolwat said.

Police dressed one of Chayakorn’s relatives in a motorcycle helmet and bullet-proof vest to deliver to the now shirtless Chayakorn a sedative-laced soft drink, which he refused to drink.

About 9:45 am, one of Chayakorn’s three daughters called him by mobile phone and asked him to come down.

He agreed. After firing two warning shots, Chayakorn began his descent, but on his way down he came across Phuket City Police Crime Suppression Inspector Maj Pongnarin Suthin, who was lying in a thicket with one of Chayakorn’s relatives.

Chayakorn fired twice, hitting Maj Pongnarin in the shin and calf before the officer returned fire, hitting Chayakorn twice in the stomach and once in the back, causing him to collapse to the ground.

Chayakorn attempted to shoot himself in the head, but when he pulled the trigger the gun did not fire, Col Umpolwat said.

Chayakorn was rushed to Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Maj Pongsirin to Vachira Phuket Hospital. Both men are now listed as in stable condition, Col Umpolwat said.

After the shootout, Chayakorn’s wife told police her husband had been a ya bah addict for about five years. He once received treatment for his condition at a temple in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, but continued using the drug after his release.

Col Umpolwat said that Chayakorn had yet to be charged with any crime and will remain under police guard while in hospital.

Police are now investigating whether his gun was registered, he added.

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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