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Thai Police Kill Man After 15-Hour Gun Battle

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A man has been shot dead for killing three people and injuring three others after a 15-hour gun battle with Thai police, an officer said on Thursday.

Police surrounded the house where the shooter when opened gun fire in Phetchaburi, about 60 miles southwest of Bangkok around 3pm on Wednesday.

The standoff ended early Thursday when armed police stormed the building and killed the gunman, who has not been named but was reported by local media to be a 29-year-old former national park official.

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“We proceeded step by step, starting with negotiation but he kept fighting back and shot others,” Police Lieutenant General Thanawut Wutijarasthamrong said.

“He ran into his room (on the second floor). If we did not have shields, my men would have been shot.”

Police found a Glock pistol and two magazines at the scene, but believe the man had more weapons.

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Thailand has high rates of gun ownership and there has been a steady number of violent incidents in the past 12 months, including one of the deadliest attacks in recent history: the massacre of 36 people, including 24 children, in northeastern Nong Bua Lam Phu province.

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