By The Nation
Muang Samut Sakhon police chief Pol Colonel Jirawut Tanthasi said the suspected killer of Kawit Muanchu, 37, is Pol Sr Sgt-Major Pakkapon Samitanon, 46, who worked at the station.
Kawit was shot dead on a sidewalk in front of the Muang Samut Sakhon police station at 5.30am on Wednesday.
A witness told police that Kawit was seen quarrelling with another man before a woman tried to intervene and the other man then emptied his gun on him. Kawit was shot seven times and died at the scene.
Jirawut told reporters at 9.30am that police had interrogated the woman and learned that she is Pakkapon’s wife.
Jirawut said Kawit was a driver for Somchai Seafoods company, and Pakkapon’s wife also worked there. Pakkapon seemingly discovered a week ago that Kawit was chatting romantically with the officer’s wife via Line and Facebook Messenger apps.
The chat logs prompted Pakkapon to suspect that his wife was having an intimate relationship with Kawit, and so he called him to a talk in front of the police station.
Jirawut said police are checking security-camera footage in the province to try to locate the policeman’s escape route and would step up pressure for Pakkapon to surrender.
Jirawut said he would not protect Pakkapon and would deal with the case fairly.
He added that his police station would soon seek an arrest warrant against Pakkapon.