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Police captain shoots himself dead over ‘unfair transfer’

Jun 27. 2019
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By The Nation

A police captain shot himself dead in his home in Chumphon’s Pathio district on Wednesday night apparently because he felt he was unfairly transferred three months ago.

Police said Pol Capt Pichet Suchartpong, deputy inspector in charge of investigation of the Map Amarit police station, 48, was found dead in his house, which is about 500 metres from the police station.

He died of a gunshot wound at his right temple. A 9mm pistol was found in his right hand.

A suicide note was left in which he complained that he had been unfairly transferred from the crime suppression job to an investigative job because of nepotism.

Pichet's 14-year-old daughter noticed that his bedroom light was not switched on after dark so she called her mother, who was visiting her elder brother, to return home to check. Pichet’s wife, Anna Sinthunon, 44, found his body.

When Pol Col Seksit Suwanrit, deputy Chumphon police chief, visited the house after learning of the suicide, Pichet's wife said that her husband became depressed after his transfer three months ago.

She said Pichet was unfairly transferred and his superior did not consult him about the transfer.

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