Thursday, March 4, 2021

Update in Gun Death of Government Pharmaceutical Organization Official; Gunman Caught and Released on 500k Baht Bail

The motive according to the gunman was personal conflict.

The victim’s family paying respect to the dead.

When: January 2nd, 2021

Where: Dusit district, Bangkok

Perpetrators: Police Lieutenant Teerayut or Ryuchan Kong, 31, commander of the Dusit Police Department

Victims: Mr. Piyaphong Rungwitthayakul, 28

What: The case of the New Year’s Eve shooting death in front of the Dusit police station in Bangkok of a Government Pharmaceutical Organization Official has progressed.

Reports have identified the perpetrator as Police Lieutenant Teerayut, or Ryuchan Kong, 31, commander of the Dusit police department and commander of the defense and suppression group.

There are still 10 witnesses of the incident that need to be interviewed. The case stems back to the night of December 31st, 2020, when the victim Mr. Piyaphong, 28, an official with the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) was drinking with a group of friends in the police barracks.

Mr. Ryuchan had an argument with the victim then used his own personal 9 mm to shoot Mr. Piyaphong to death. Officers identified Mr. Ryuchan as the suspect and arrested him without incident. The motive according to the suspect was personal conflict.

Later, relatives of Mr. Ryuchan filed a petition to release the accused. The court allowed Mr. Ryuchan to be released on a 500,000 baht bond.

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My take: This case is dominating the Thai crime press right now. It’s right up there with covid news. The family of the deceased is front and center in the spotlight as well.

Now that the gunman has been released on bail, I’d expect the case to still be in the news over the next couple days at the very least. We’ll update our readers as more reports come across the desk.

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Source: https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/816470

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