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American Man Dead After Stealing Gun And Going On Shooting Spree In Pattaya

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American Dead After Stealing Gun And Going On Shooting Spree In Pattaya

An American man shot and killed himself after stealing a gun and opening fire at locals and police in Pattaya on Monday.

Michael Giavasis, 25, stole a Glock 9mm from a shooting range in Pattaya before firing it in the air as he rode a motorcycle back to his apartment.

Police gave chase while ordering roads to be locked down.

Giavasis arrived back at his condo where he opened fire into the car park outside hitting a Channel 3 reporter in the foot and attacking a passerby.

Passerby Pitchakorn, 18, said: “I was waiting outside the building and was slapped by the foreign man before he threatened my sister by aiming a gun at her forehead. Then he fired his handgun in the air.”

The injured reporter, Tivakorn Kitmanee, said: ”I saw he was firing the gun so I jumped to the ground but a bullet hit me in the foot.”

American Dead After Stealing Gun And Going On Shooting Spree In Pattaya

Giavasis, who had remained in Thailand as a tourist during the coronavirus lockdown, barricaded himself in his room.

Dozens of armed cops surrounded the building while they negotiated with the shooter. However, when they broke down the door of his fourth-floor room at 3am he was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head.

Police Colonel Khemmarin Phitsamai said the American refused to meet the officers and a translator while they tried to resolve the incident.

The officer said Giavasis may have killed himself after realising there was no way to escape.

He said: “We evacuated every person from the condominium building so they were all safe. Roads were also closed so drivers were not at risk.

”The American man died from a gunshot wound, which could have been suicide. There will be an investigation.”

Forensic police were examining the room. The body was taken to the Forensic Medicine Institute for an autopsy.

The US Embassy has been informed of the death of Giavasis, who was born in Greece, and his relatives have been informed.



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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

The Administrative Court of Thailand has rejected the lawsuit filed by former Immigration chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his transfer out of the police force to a job in the civil service in April 2019.

In the suit filed with the court on Sept 22, Surachate claimed there had been no investigation for 17 months into why he was removed from the police force and given a job in the civil service working out of the Prime Ministers office as an advisor.

Big Joke said he fulfilled his duties to “full capacity” as Immigration chief and the various other police departments he headed-up.

He claimed the transfer was illegal and the failure of the Prime Minister to conduct an investigation has hindered his career.

The Administrative Court on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit stating the PM had no case to answer as the letter sent to the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office by Surachate dated Aug 20 requesting he be reinstated in his role with the Royal Thai Police had a time limit of 90 days for a response.

Surachate filed his lawsuit on Sept 22 before the period of consideration had expired and hadn’t updated the court to the outcome of his requested following the November 18 deadline.

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Seven new electric-powered express boats are set to be launched by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on the Padung Krungkasem canal this Friday.

The boats with service commuters between Thewes and Hua Lamphong piers with each vessel capable of carrying 30 passengers.

New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Boats will run every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 7pm on weekends and will link Chao Phraya ferries and express boats with trains and the MRT at Hua Lamphong station.

The new electric-powered boats will be free of charge to passengers through until May 2021.

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

The prime suspect in the brutal stabbing of a South Korean man in Pattaya 13 months ago has been arrested in Bangkok, according to police.

Keunhui Park, 38, was arrested outside a bar on Khaosan Road on Monday and charged with attempted murder.

Park Jinhyung was found by a taxi driver with multiple stab wounds back in October 2019. He was left in intensive care after being stabbed 17 times.

A warrant for the arrest of Keunhui was issued on the back of information received from the victim’s girlfriend, however, Park fled Pattaya for Bangkok leading to the delay in apprehending him.

Thai media report the vicious attack was over a woman.

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