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A policeman was shot after a shooting at a funeral in Nakon Si Thammarat in the south of Thailand on Monday.
Chatchai Kraithin, 41, was hit in the right arm by a .357 and rushed to hospital. He was seriously wounded but is now out of danger, reports Thairath.
The shooter was a man connected to local politicians at the level of district chiefs. Jaroen Sansern, 57, had been creating a disturbance while drunk at the funeral at a house in the Chang Klang district.
A man called Narp Ratanaburi ,70, had tried to get him to calm down and had been shot at twice. But the gun failed to go off.
The old man credited an amulet he was wearing with saving his life.
At this point the cop, who was helping out at the funeral at the behest of his ex wife, went to intervene. He was pistol whipped by Jaroen before being shot. Jaroen then fled in a pickup truck.
Police who dashed to the scene radioed ahead to try to catch the suspect but he evaded arrest.