The Special Service Division Police were called after a policeman who was not on duty was seen carrying a gun and walking around at a private housing estate in Thalang which took nine hours to clear.
Colonel Pisit Chuenpet, the Thalang Police Chief, told the Phuket Express, “Yesterday, (October 10th), we were notified from residents at 8:30 A.M. that a man who was acting erratically was walking around with a gun. He blocked the entrance of a private housing estate with a pickup truck. The man later hid in his house in the housing estate.”
“Special Service Division Officers and the Region 8 Police were called to the scene. At 3:20 P.M. the suspect came out still carrying a gun around the area. It took nine hours before Corporal Korn, 27, who is a Phang Nga Policeman, was able to be arrested. He was found with a handgun loaded with seven bullets and an additional 8 bullets in his pockets,” Colonel Pisit explained.
“The suspect was nervous after a recent argument with his girlfriend. He is facing charges of carrying a gun in public without reason,” Colonel Pisit added.
It was unclear if the suspect would face punitive charges related to his employment as a police officer.