CHONBURI — Police shot dead a local administrative official in Chonburi province after he fired a handgun at his girlfriend and her alleged German partner last night.
According to police, Nattapol Yimpakdi, a 54-year-old official at Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organisation, arrived at a restaurant on Khao Lam Road around midnight and opened fire at a Thai woman and German man, severely injuring both.
Several police officers who were also eating at the restaurant reportedly ordered Nattapol to drop his weapon, but the official refused and fired at police, said Pol.Cpt. Warit Butthijak, an officer at Saen Suk Police Station.
"The officers were forced to return fire," Pol.Cpt. Warit said. "A bullet hit the suspect in a vital organ and killed him."
Nattapol was shot once in the chest, police say.
According to medical workers, the Thai woman and German man are in "severe" condition.
Police found a handwritten note on Nattapol's car explaining that he recently discovered his girlfriend was cheating on him with a German man, Pol.Cpt. Warit said.
Police records indicate that Nattapol was previously arrested in July 2013 for shooting and killing a colleague at Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organisation who allegedly flirted with his girlfriend. He was charged with murder but later released on bail.