LAMPANG — An intoxicated former police officer reportedly sprayed bullets at a group of patrons in a restaurant in Lampang province early this morning, killing one person.
The police received reports about the shooting at around 1:20 a.m. this morning and arrived at La Moon restaurant and bar to find 53-year-old Pol.Sgt.Maj. Kosol Kawipat passed out on the floor because of his severe inebriation.
Witnesses said Pol.Sgt.Maj. Kosol was drinking heavily that night, pacing around the restaurant shouting incomprehensibly. The former police officer reportedly took out his 11 mm. handgun and fired bullets around the restaurant, hitting two persons. The rest of the patrons quickly scrambled for safety.
One of the wounded patrons, Panya Penasathien, 36, died at the hospital.
After the brief rampage, Pol.Sgt.Maj. Kosol collapsed and fell unconscious because of his intoxication, witnesses said. The man only regained his consciousness when police arrived at the scene.
According to police, Pol.Sgt.Maj. Kosol was stationed in Chiang Mai province before he left the service for an unspecified reason.
A high-ranking police officer suggested that Pol.Sgt.Maj. Kosol might have been "stressed" when he committed the crime.
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