Suicide of High-Ranking Highway Police Officer
On Monday, Pol Col Vachira Yaothaisong, the commander of Highway Police Sub-division 2, was found dead in his house in Lam Luk Ka district, Pathum Thani province. The 44-year-old officer reportedly committed suicide, though the immediate reasons for this act remain unknown.
Connection to a Dinner Party Murder
Pol Col Vachira was directly responsible for supervising Pol Maj Siwakorn Saibua, an officer from Highway Police Sub-division 2 who was fatally shot at a dinner party. The gathering took place at Praween Chankhlai’s house, also known as Kamnan Nok, in tambon Takong in Muang district of Nakhon Pathom last Wednesday.
It is worth noting that Pol Col Vachira was one of 25 police officers who attended the party and are currently under investigation. He was identified as the one who called Pol Maj Siwakorn on the phone, instructing him to go to Mr. Praween’s house, where he was brutally killed by gunman Thananchai Manmak.
High-Ranking Officials Respond
Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol and Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat Pankaew, acting commander of the Highway Police Division, were said to have hurried to Pol Col Vachira’s home upon learning of his tragic demise.
Past Struggles and Career Background
After the death of his subordinate, Pol Maj Siwakorn, Pol Col Vachira was reported to have sought treatment for depression and stress at Phramongkutklao Hospital. The deceased officer was the eldest son of a former officer of Cavalry Battalion 7 at Phraya Pichai Daphak military camp in Uttaradit province.
Pol Col Vachira was a student in Class 39 of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School and a member of Police Academy Class 55. He started his police career in 2002 in Si Rattana district, Si Sa Ket province. In 2024, he was transferred to the Crime Suppression Division’s special operations unit before finally joining the Highway Police Division where he held his last position as commander of Highway Police Sub-division 2.