Traffic cop’s son shoots self after reprimand

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The son of a senior Pattaya policeman died after shooting himself during an argument with his father over household chores.

Tosawat Boonrod, 21, shot himself through the ear with the service pistol belonging to his father, Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Anupap Boonrod, chief of Pattaya traffic police, at their three-story Soi Prapanimit 1 townhouse Sept. 19, according to his parents.

He succumbed to his injuries later at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

Anupap told police and rescuers responding to the shooting that he had sternly reprimanded his son for spending all his time playing Internet games and not helping his mother around the house and in their first-floor mini-mart.

He said he later changed clothes and left his gun on a table. The two then got into another argument, during which Tosawat picked up the pistol and shot himself.

His panicked mother threw the gun out the window and it was taken by passing teenagers.

Police are still investigating while also trying to locate the traffic cop’s gun.