Recovered Files Reveal Details
Forensic police have recovered 13 out of 15 files from a dumped CCTV server that had been installed at the house of former subdistrict head Praween Chankhlai, also known as Kamnan Nok, in Muang district, Nakhon Pathom province. The server, containing footage from a dinner party held on September 6, was removed and thrown into a canal in an attempt to destroy evidence following the fatal shooting of Pol Maj Siwakorn Saibua.
The Incident and its Aftermath
During the dinner party, Pol Maj Siwakorn Saibua, an officer attached to highway police station 1 of the Highway Police Sub-division 2, was fatally shot. Pol Lt Col Wasin Pandee, deputy commander of the Highway Police Sub-division 2, also sustained injuries. The gunman, Thananchai Manmak, engaged in a gunfight with police in Kanchanaburi province and was killed.
Key Findings from the Footage
Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn revealed that the CCTV footage provided clear images and audio, identifying more than 56 individuals present at the party, including both police and civilians. Some have been arrested and charged with suspected involvement in the crime, while all have undergone interrogation.
The footage showed that nearly all attendees were armed. However, after the first shot fired by the gunman, no one attempted to intervene. Pol Gen Surachate also confirmed that Thananchai Manmak was the gunman.
Contradictory Statements and Further Investigation
It has been discovered that those interrogated provided conflicting accounts compared to what was seen in the footage. As a result, a further round of interrogations will be conducted. The individuals present at the scene can be divided into three groups: those who took the injured police officers to the hospital, those who fled the scene, and those who remained at the crime scene.
The motive for the crime and any potential involvement of former subdistrict head Praween Chankhlai are yet to be fully understood. Two additional files from the CCTV server are in the process of being salvaged and are expected to provide more insight into the incident. The other server recovered from the canal is also being examined by forensic police.