2 officers connected to deadly Red Horse shootout awarded 30,000 baht each

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Two Banglamung police officers connected to the hail of gunfire that killed two suspects in Naklua last month received 30,000 baht each in compensation as officials set aside even more money to cover future officer-related shootings.

Both officers’ injuries were related to the July 13 police killings of Surachat “Tam Nakrob” Kaewchingduang, 22, and Aris “Kai” Wangweng, 17, who were shot 19 times – including seven shots to the back. Banglamung and Chonburi Provincial police said the suspects were resisting arrest.

Top police officials award 30,000 baht each to two Banglamung police officers in compensation for injuries sustained in a late night shooting and the subsequent arrest of suspects Surachat “Tam Nakrob” Kaewchingduang and Aris “Kai” Wangweng. Top police officials award 30,000 baht each to two Banglamung police officers in compensation for injuries sustained in a late night shooting and the subsequent arrest of suspects Surachat “Tam Nakrob” Kaewchingduang and Aris “Kai” Wangweng.

The Royal Thai Police’s officer-welfare committee presented 20,000 baht each to Sr. Sgt. Maj. Tasnapong Thongtat, who was shot in the leg after he broke up an illegal motorbike race in front of Pattaya International School July 10. He also received 10,000 baht from the Pattaya City Council.

Intent on tracking down the gang member who allegedly shot their fellow officer, Banglamung and Chonburi police caught Surchat and Aris outside Naklua’s Red Horse Resort three days later under the premise of making an undercover weapons buy. Once money was exchanged, about 20 officers swooped in, killing both suspects, allegedly returning gunfire.

During a shootout in which more than 100 shots were fired, Sgt. Maj. Piramongkol Karaket was hit in the leg. He, too, received 20,000 baht from the welfare committee and 10,000 baht from the city council.

The welfare committee set aside another 80,000 baht to cover medical expenses for officers shot in the line of duty in the future.