Man Mistakes Friend For Animal and Shoots Him to Death while Hunting in Karon


A man was shot dead while he was hunting with his friend at a forest in Karon. He claimed that he mistook his friend for a mouse-deer.

Karon Police Chief Colonel Khundet Na Nongkhai told the Phuket Express that on Wednesday (May 8th) they arrested Mr. Chana Chooluck, 47 at his house in Karon. He is the suspect in the shooting to the death of Mr. Hassachai Khaokem, 40, from Nakhon Si Thammarat at a palm plantation behind the Karon View Point. Mr. Hassachai was found dead on Sunday evening (May 5th).

Mr. Chana admitted to police that he and Mr. Hassachai went hunting together on Saturday morning at 4:00 A.M.. He was on a hill when he saw red eyes above the hill which he thought were that of a mouse-deer. He fired shots before he heard Mr. Haasachai shout out that he was shot. The suspect ran to him and tried to help but it was too late. Chana said he became afraid and ran back home.

Police are investigating the situation and Mr. Chana remains in custody 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.