Man arrested for firing modified BB gun into air

Friday, 07 February 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By  Boonlua Chatree

A man who turned a BB gun he bought on the Internet into a bullet-firing weapon was arrested after firing shots into the air in front of a cop.

Montree Attavijit, 20, was captured with two friends, Saksun Yodmanee, 23, and Supornphit Yoosuk, 27, after a police pursuit that led from Third Road to Soi Bongkot and through Rungland Village Feb. 1.

Montree Attavijit is questioned by police after shooting his handgun into the air (seated).Montree Attavijit is questioned by police after shooting his handgun into the air (seated).

The chase began near the Tamnan Chol shop where police said Montree fired gunshots into the air. Officers recovered a modified .22 mm BB gun, 25 bullets and an empty clip that holds five bullets.

He was charged with illegal weapons possession. The other two were not charged.

Police said the youth admitted to firing the shots in an effort to intimidate a group of men who had been hassling the three at a Third Road pub. After leaving, he saw a car following and assumed it was the same men. He didn’t know the men in the car trailing him were police, he admitted.

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