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A policeman was shot dead and another was critically injured after an attempt to round up a wanted drug fugitive went wrong.
Police went to the Heuan Phu View Resort in Nang Lae sub-district on Thursday when Pornchai Srisawat, 39, was believed to have rented a room there, reports Daily News.
Pornchai was wanted on a Chiang Rai warrant for drugs offences.
But when two officers arrived and were walking outside the resort they encountered the fugitive by chance and he pulled out a gun and shot them both.
Dead with a bullet to the left eyebrow was Mae Jan police deputy sergeant Noppaporn Yawirat. Officer Yotsanai Chaiwong was shot in the stomach and rushed to Chiang Rai Hospital where he was undergoing emergency treatment.
Provincial police chiefs then immediately ordered the area sealed off as sniffer dogs were brought in to hunt for the killer who had fled into nearby fields.