Ex-cop charged with attempted murder

Ex-cop charged with attempted murder

Surapong Klabkaew, kneeling, is arrested outside a house in Muang district, Satun, on Tuesday for attempted murder in Songkhla's Rattaphum district on Sunday. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)
Surapong Klabkaew, kneeling, is arrested outside a house in Muang district, Satun, on Tuesday for attempted murder in Songkhla's Rattaphum district on Sunday. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

A former Songkhla province police sergeant has been arrested for attempted murder.

The victim was shot in a hut at a longan plantation in Rattaphum district on Sunday night.

Police said two men went to the hut in Moo 6 village in tambon Khao Phra about 9am on Sunday. There, one of them shot Prathana Chanthok, 51.

The man was hit once in the neck and seriously injured. He was admitted to Hat Yai Hospital.

With information from the victim's daughter and son-in-law, police acquired warrants for the arrest of two suspects -- Surapong Klabkaew, 35, and Sathaporn Chanmee.

Mr Surapong was arrested on Tuesday at a house in Moo 6 village in tambon Khlong Khut in Muang district of Satun province.

Under questioning, Mr Surapong allegedly admitted to shooting Mr Prathana. He said he left a gun in Mr Prathana's care. Mr Prathana later sold it and refused to give him any money.

Mr Surapong is a former policeman. He joined the force in 2013 and was assigned to Si Sakhon district, Narathiwat. He was later transferred to a police paratrooper unit in Prachuap Khiri Khan province before resigning from the police service. His last rank was police sergeant.

He is on record as being reclusive and a collector of military-grade weapons.

Vocabulary

  • acquire: to get; to obtain - ได้มาซึ่ง
  • admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
  • allegedly (adv): stated without giving complete proof - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา, นัยว่า
  • attempt (noun): when a person tries to do something or achieve some goal, makes an effort to do it - ความพยายาม
  • ex-: former - อดีต, ก่อนหน้า
  • former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
  • paratrooper: a member of the paratroops (soldiers who are trained to jump from planes using a parachute) - ทหารพลร่ม
  • plantation (n): a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or trees, are grown - ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
  • rank: someone’s official position in the armed forces, police, fire services, etc. - ยศ, ตำแหน่ง
  • reclusive: living alone and avoiding other people or countries - สันโดษ
  • warrant (noun): a legal document that is signed by a judge and gives the police authority to do something - หมาย
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