Two Teenagers Arrested after Gun Fight in Phuket


Two teenagers were arrested after a gun fight near a police station in Phuket Town.

The Phuket City Police told the Phuket Express that they were notified of the incident on Wednesday in the early morning (January 3rd) on the Phuket Road near the Phuket Marine Police Station in Phuket Town. They arrived at the scene to find a trace of a bullet at a glass window of a marine police resident inside the police station. No one at the station was injured.

However, two other people outside the station have been slightly injured who are a woman who sustained injuries from bruises and a man who sustained some scratches on head, both bystanders who were fleeing in a panic following the shots being fired. Police tracked down CCTV footage to determine the sequence of events that led to the incident.

On Wednesday night, January 3rd, police arrested two suspects identified only by their first names, Mr. Pu, 18, who rode a motorbike during the incident, and Mr. Kim, also 18, who fired a gunshot as a passenger on the motorbike. They were arrested at a rental room in Wichit. Seized from them was a handmade handgun.

They claimed to the police that they were sitting near the Saphan Hin Public Park near the Phuket Marine Police Station. There was another group of teenagers who stopped near them and seemed to take out a weapon. The two suspects drove to the other group but they sped away. When the suspects arrived near the police station, they claimed the other group opened fire at them first before they fired a gunshot back.

It was unclear if the two suspects and the other group of young men had prior altercations or disputes and the suspects did not elaborate on this topic.

Mr. Pu and Mr. Kim are facing charges of attempted murder. They admitted to the charges and police are searching for the other parties involved in the incident as of press time.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.