Two senior flood officials based in Loei, who were assigned to help with relief operations in Bangkok's Sai Mai area, were shot dead Saturday - allegedly by their drunk driver.
Thammanop Akkharaphin was found shot dead in Wat Nong Yai, where a Loeibased company of civilian defence volunteers was camped, while Suphat Phoothronsri, who was also shot shortly after, allegedly by Phitthayakhom Maneewong, succumbed on the way to a hospital.
Phitthayakhom has been taken into custody but was unable to give a statement to police because he was drunk. Quoting eyewitnesses, police said the suspect allegedly first shot Thammanop after a brawl. When onlookers gathered, he tried to divert their attention by saying the shooter had escaped.