They were looking for a white sedan from Krabi in a hostage incident.
When: January 5th, 2021
Where: Huai Yot district, Trang province
Perpetrators: Trang police
Victims: Mr. Suthiraj, 38; Ms. Wongprasert, 29; Ms. Sudarat, 24
What: On January 4th, 2021, there was a domestic dispute where a woman was held hostage by her husband in Krabi. The husband fired at and severely injured one police officer who went to Krabi Hospital for treatment, along with shooting one village headman. After the attack, the culprit fled Krabi to Trang in an unknown make and model white sedan with Phetchaburi license plates. He was armed and dangerous.
Police in Trang set up checkpoints throughout the province and spotted a white Nissan sedan. Police opened fire on the vehicle, shooting out the tires and the inside of the car.
The car was driven by a Mr. Suthiraj Mat Dae Wa, 38, a delivery driver from Krabi, and his wife in the passenger seat, Ms. Nueng Ruethai Wongprasert, 29, a local Krabi fishmonger. Ms. Wongprasert was injured with one bullet, which pierced her left thigh. In the back was Ms. Sudarat Maddae Wa, 24, the sister of the driver.
Ms. Wongprasert was sent to a local hospital, and Mr. Suthiraj and Ms. Sudarat were detained by police and brought to the police station for interrogation. Nothing illegal was found in the vehicle. Mr. Suthiraj and Ms. Sudarat were in a state of extreme panic according to reports.
They insisted they did nothing wrong. They were interrogated seprately at the police station. Their relatives rushed to the police station and confirmed that the police shot the wrong person.
At this time, the culprit of the original incident in Krabi is still on the loose with whereabouts unknown.
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My take: The report does not say why police opened fire on the vehicle, but I’d if they were told that the suspect was armed and dangerous that day, that they had fear when they spotted the white sedan.
The problem, of course, is that this sedan did not have Phetchaburi plates, which the original culprit in Krabi had.
Essentially, this is a horrible case of mistaken identity and jumping the gun – quite literally.
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