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Boy, 13, shot dead by police after father U-turns at northern Thai checkpoint

A thirteen year old boy has been shot dead by police in a pick-up driven by his father. 

His father – carrying bootleg liquor in the back – doubled back on seeing a checkpoint in Phayao province. 

Four police gave chase and the boy sitting in the front passenger seat was killed when police took aim at the Vigo pick-up. 

Police thought they were chasing a drug dealer. 

Kritsanapong Soongkhao died in Lampang Hospital on Monday following the shooting in Wang Neua, Lampang, district by officers attached to the Mae Ka, Phayao, police station.

They are now being questioned and the Lampang provincial police chief Pol Maj-Gen Anucha Uamcharoen has paid a visit. 

Manop Soongkhao, 35, the boy’s father said that he was carrying ten plastic bags of bootleg liquor in the back of his pick-up. On seeing the checkpoint on the Wang Neau to Phayao Road (in the Mae Ka police jurisdiction) he decided to U-turn and go home. 

A chase ensued and after the pick-up hit a plough near an intersection a shot was fired at a back tire that went through the rear window and the front seat hitting the boy in the head.

Daily News reported that Mae Ka police thought there were drugs in the pick-up. 

Thai Visa /  Daily News

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