Koh Larn restaurant owner surrenders for firing a gun

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A Koh Larn restaurant owner surrendered to police for shooting a gun amidst tourists to break up a fight between his brother-in-law and local tour guides.

Kithiwin Jowe, owner of the Heng Hua restaurant, turned himself and his 9mm handgun in to police Jan. 23. He was charged with illegal possession of a gun in public, but not before he told his side of the much-publicized incident earlier that day.

Police said Kithiwin reported that he had fired several shots into the air – not toward Chinese tourists eating at the Ramchonchan Hotel’s restaurant as reported by Thai media – to break up an attack by tour guides on his brother-in-law, identified only as Huey.

Kithiwin Jowe surrendered to police for shooting a gun amidst tourists to break up a fight between his brother-in-law and local tour guides.Kithiwin Jowe surrendered to police for shooting a gun amidst tourists to break up a fight between his brother-in-law and local tour guides.

Kithiwin said Huey called him after he was attacked by Somjit Saelee, a tour guide for VLC Tour and his friends after Huey complained about their loud music. Kithiwin said he arrived to find his relative outnumbered and, unable to stop the assault, fired into the air.

Somjit, meanwhile, filed a police report with Banglamung Police that it was he who was assaulted by Huey and that he fought back in self-defense.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.