Village head charged after wife shot dead

Village head charged after wife shot dead

NAKHON PATHOM: A village head surrendered to police early Saturday after his wife was shot dead following a heated quarrel in Kamphaeng Saen district.

Suriya Kaewmanaprasert, 50, head of Moo 3 in tambon Thung Luknok, is facing a murder charge after turning himself in at Kamphaeng Saen police station at around 1am on Saturday. He handed over a 9mm pistol to district police chief Supakiart Therdtrakul, local media reported.

Police said that Kritiya Pawatnopmanee, 47, was shot to death in the couple's home late Friday night and that her husband fled shortly afterward.

Police said Mr Suriya told them that he and his wife, who had three children, often quarrelled. Late Friday night they fought and he walked out of the house to ease the tension. But his wife, holding a pair of scissors, tried to attack him. He pulled out a pistol and fired at her arm but the bullet entered her ribs and he then fled, officers were told. 

Relatives rushed Ms Kritiya to a nearby hospital, but she was later pronounced dead. After learning about his wife's death, Mr Suriya contacted police about surrendering.

He is now in police custody pending legal action.

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