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Politician Shoots and Kills his Wife, 2 Children then Himself

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Police, Politician Shoots and Kills his Wife, 2 Children then Himself

Police in southern Thailand that a local politician has killed his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s province.

Their bodies were discovered Wednesday afternoon after security personnel at the house heard several gunshots coming from inside the house. Police believed the incident was a murder-suicide. Their bodies were sent for a postmortem examination, they said.

Somrak Kamsing, who won Olympic gold in 1996, told police he was supposed to meet Thawatchai Thong-on, 48 at a restaurant that afternoon to discuss a debt settlement. Mr. Thawatchai never showed up, he said.

A police spokesperson said investigators will question all potential witnesses, also Mr. Somrak Kamsing to determine if there was any motive for the killings. The victims’ acquaintances, relatives, neighbors, and security personnel will also be questioned by crime scene investigators.

The police spokesperson also said Mr. Thawatchai may have been driven to commit the murder-suicide to avoid his debts.

Earlier this year, Mr. Thawatchai was arrested by the Crime Suppression investigators over fraud allegations. He allegedly falsified an official document, after which he was booked for issuing an NSF cheque, police reported.

Thai Media also reports Mr. Somrak said that he knew Mr. Thawatchai and was offered to take part in an investment scheme involving the sale of lottery tickets worth several million baht.

According to Mr. Somrak, the deceased agreed to supply the lottery tickets but never delivered them.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect in the murder of a wealthy woman and the wounding of her girlfriend’s son has been detained in Nakhon Sawan. Mr. Chanothai Wongsaen, 37, turned himself in at the Nakhon Sawan city police station yesterday morning.

The motive for the killing is still being investigated.

Other Police News: 46-Year-old Man Gunned Down by Police After Firefight

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