The highway patrol vehicle was hit with 7 rounds.
On March 5th, 2021, at about 10:30PM police in Nong Khai and Udon Thani engaged in a high speed pursuit of a vehicle that was street racing. The suspects in the vehicle had also shot up a Honda highway patrol sedan with what is described as a “war weapon”, which is likely an assault rifle according to the photos of the rounds deposited in the vehicle.
Nobody was harmed in the initial attack on the red Honda sedan. The suspects were only identified as belonging to a foreign drug gang, which I would imagine is Laotian due to the proximity of the Lao-Thai border where the incident took place.
The incident began when officers spotted the suspect’s pickup truck, a grey and black Nissan. Officers turned on the sirens and signaled for the truck to pull over. The Nissan pickup truck sped up at this point to flee police. The suspects in the pickup truck opened fire on police but again nobody was injured.
At this point, police called for backup and they indicated the suspects were heavily armed. The suspects continued to open fire on the highway patrol officers, who did not return fire. Officers made this choice because the road was busy with people going to a local market and they were afraid of collateral injuries.
Officers decided it was too risky to continue to pursue the pickup truck.
The caliber of the “war weapon” is unidentified in the report, although there is a photo of one round that struck the red Honda police vehicle, which was hit with 7 rounds.
An investigation is underway in identifying the suspects and vehicle involved in the high speed chase and shooting.
Officers posed for a photo to show the amulets that protected them.
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My take: This is some serious firepower. I think the cops made the right call here in the interest of public safety, as it seems they were caught by surprise by the strength of the attack.
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