A 53-year-old Thai man shot dead his wife allegedly over a fear that she would cheat on him before turning the gun on himself in their rented home in Samut Sakhon's Muang district, police said on Wednesday.
Following the 6am report of two bodies' discovery, Muang Samut Sakhon superintendent Pol Colonel Jirawuth Tanthasri, a medical examiner and rescue workers visited the two-storey house in tambon Mahachai.
They found the body of van driver Sitthichai Tathong, 53, with a single gunshot wound to the head and a .38 pistol in his hand and another .32 pistol on the floor.
In the same bedroom, police found the dead body of Sitthichai's wife, Worawan Tathong, 53, on the floor with six gunshot wounds on her body. Police collected six spent .32 cartridges.
Another van driver Wanchai Saodan, 54, told police that the couple often argued. Sitthichai lived at the house with his wife and two children while Wanchai lived in the back of the house and parked his van there. Sitthichai also served as the head of Mahachai-Victory Monument transport van stand.
The couple's son Thapakorn Tathong, 26, who was working elsewhere at the time of the shooting, told police that he received a farewell message from his father so he rode his motorcycle back but he was too late. He said Sitthichai suffered from depression but refused to seek medical help while he often argued with Worawan over jealousy. He insisted his mother had done nothing wrong.
The couple's bodies were sent for an autopsy and would later be released to the family for the religious rites.