Bangkok professor wanted for killing two colleagues shoots self as nation watches drama unfold
A captivated nation watched on TV and online as the professor wanted for killing two colleagues was involved in a five hour stand off at a Saphan Kwai motel on Thursday.
Dr Wanchai Danaitamonut, 60, was holding a gun throughout as police brought in a whole host of relatives, a student and colleagues to plead with him to give himself up.
Finally he went to a more secluded area of the motel and a shot rang out at 6.43pm some five hours since the drama began. Medics rushed to help the doctor and he was taken to Paolo Hospital. He had shot himself in the right temple.
A pool of blood could clearly be seen by the body.
The story that gripped the nation began on Wednesday morning when a man walked into the lecture hall of Phranakorn Rajabhat University in Bang Khen, northern Bangkok. Lecturers Pichai Chaisongkram and Nattapol Chumworathayee, both 50, were both shot dead.
Police immediately hunted for Wanchai who escaped in his Nissan Almera. He was found around midday at the motel in Saphan Kwai when the standoff began. Friends, relatives and colleagues as well as police used megaphones to try to persuade Wanchai to give himself up but to no avail.
Some reports indicated that a suicide note had been found but police are yet to confirm this.
TV news suggested that the motive for the killings was allegations about Wanchai holding a fake degree that he denied.
reports Dr Wanchai died shortly after being taken to hospital.