A man was shot three times and killed as he was driving past a road checkpoint in Chiang Rai’s Mae Saruay district on Tuesday night.
Sornchai Sathitdamrong, 35, was killed behind the wheel of his car at a New Year road checkpoint in Tambon Thakor’s Ban Mae Tam village at 8pm, his girlfriend Sirirat Rabiang said on Wednesday.
Sirirat, 28, said when she and Sornchai arrived at the area, they did not see anyone staffing the checkpoint so Sornchai did not stop.
But after he drove another 20 metres, she heard gunfire, Sornchai collapsed in his seat and the car crashed into a power pole.
She opened the door from her side and walked to the other side of the car to find that Sornchai had been killed with bullet wounds to his head.
She said unidentified officials then emerged from a hiding spot along the road and told her to raise her hands. After they searched her and failed to find any contraband, she was allowed to call relatives and police.
Sornchai’s body was then sent to Chiang Rai Hospital for an autopsy.
Sirirat said Sornchai’s relatives wanted to know who had killed him and why.
She added that Sornchai, who worked in Rayong, had returned home to Chiang Rai for a week during the New Year holidays.