(17 February) A police officer had been reportedly shot by a motorcycle gang member during a crackdown on nighttime street racing in Samut Prakarn province.
The incident took place in Prah Pradaeng district last night when police officers from Samrong Tai Police Station blocked the roads in effort to arrest dek van, motorcyclist racing gangs whose members are mostly in teenage years.
Pol.Lt. Suksawat Loinork later chased a lone motorcyclist into a small alley and managed to stop the suspect, his colleague said. As he was searching the suspect, however, another motorcycle appeared and its passenger allegedly shot the policeman several times before fleeing the scene.
The officer is being treated in Viparam-Chaiprakarn Hospital for gunshot wounds in his right arm and back.
Pol.Maj.Gen Tatchai Hong-Thong, commander of Samut Prakarm Provincial Police, said a CCTV installed at a nearby factory might have captured the footage of the confrontation.
Pol.Maj.Gen Tatchai added that he has also instructed the police force in the province to revise and rehearse their tactics to curb illegal racing strategy, in order to ensure better protection for police officers in the future operations.
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