Thai policeman Kantapong Huadsri arrested for shooting dead French tourist Malik Djamel in argument over a woman
- Sergeant-Major Kantapong Huadsri pursued Malik Djamel through a Bangkok shopping mall, then shot him twice, security footage appeared to show
- Police say the officer had earlier approached the French tourist’s Thai girlfriend, triggering a fist-fight
A policeman in Thailand was arrested for shooting and killing a French man Wednesday at a shopping plaza in Bangkok.
Security video of the killing posted online by Thai media shows the officer in street clothes running after the French man and shooting him at close range in the chest. Thai media identified the slain man as Malik Djamel.
City police chief Lieutenant-General Sutthipong Wongpin said Senior Sergeant-Major Kantapong Huadsri had confessed to killing the man over an argument involving a woman, but that the dispute was not a love triangle.
Police suspect the two men were involved in a fist-fight before the shooting because Kantapong’s body had bruises that appeared to have been caused by physical violence.
Kantapong had approached Djamel’s Thai girlfriend before the fight, said the Chief of Thailand’s Immigration Police, Surachate Hakpan.
“They were drunk … they started to argue and then had a fist fight but the policeman couldn’t fight back,” said Surachate.
“The policeman followed him … and shot him twice,” he said, adding the victim had been in Thailand for several months.
Police General Akkarawut Thaneerat, chief of the police station where the suspect worked, said he was involved several years ago in an incident in which he was pursuing a drug suspect who drove a taxi at him, and he responded by shooting and killing him.
Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse