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Lop Buri police are operating under a shoot to kill order after a manhunt began on Tuesday for a drug addict who allegedly shot dead his father.
The order was given by Lop Buri police chief Maj-General Dissapoj Isarangkul na Ayutthaya.
Dissapolj ordered all Lop Buri police stations to hunt for Surachai Chainan, 26, who is believed to be carrying a Glock 17 pistol he allegedly stole from a shooting range in the province and is considered very dangerous.
Dissapolj told police to take drastic action if they feel threatened by Surachai – code among police that an extrajudicial killing is an option.
At about 3.30pm on Monday, Sergeant Chaiyos Chainan, 54, of the military hardware maintenance unit in Lop Buri, was shot and killed by Surachai at his house in tambon Khao Phra Ngam, Muang Lop Buri district.
Police said Surachai is an amphetamine addict who allegedly threatened to kill his family members, prompting his mother, his wife and children to leave the house to stay at a hotel two days before the incident.
On Monday, Surachai went to the Por Pibulsongkram shooting range and allegedly stole the Glock 17 pistol with 50 rounds of ammunition, police said.
Police contacted Chaiyos and asked him to help arrest Surachai by mixing a strong sedative in his son’s lunch and getting him to eat it.
But Surachai refused to eat it and allegedly shot his father once in the face and left the home, police said.
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