Policeman arrested for assault in police station
THE METROPOLITAN Police Division 8 has launched a disciplinary probe against Pol Lt-Colonel Burin Lalitathada, an inspector at Bang Yi Rua Police Station, for reportedly spraying the investigation room in Bangkok's Khlong Tan Police Station with bullets from an M16 rifle before fleeing. Nobody was killed or injured in the assault.
Division commander Pol Maj-General Rassadakorn Yingyong said Burin - who was wanted on charges of illegal possession of a war weapon and ammunition, and firing in public without sound reason - is now temporarily suspended from civil service. He faces disciplinary investigation by the Bang Yi Rua Police Station and criminal code action from the Khlong Tan branch.
Meanwhile, Pol Lt-Colonel Singha Wangwongthong, deputy superintendent of Kanchanaburi's Sangkhla Buri Police Station, said Burin had been apprehended near the border with Myanmar. Police also found an M16 rifle, a pistol and some explosives in the suspect's car. Burin was going to be escorted to Bangkok later last night.
It was initially believed that Burin did this because he was unhappy about his recent transfer from his post as investigating officer at Khlong Tan station to a desk job at the Bang Yi Rua station, or due to a personal conflict.
Police spokesman Pol Maj-General Piya Uthayo said Burin was often absent while serving at the Khlong Tan station and might have been doing drugs.