Bangkok – Thai police shot dead a suspected drug dealer who allegedly tried to grab a gun from the arresting officers when his hands were cuffed behind his back, news reports said Sunday.
Police shot Manit Toommuang, 24, in his apartment in Ratchaburi province shortly after the man allegedly killed a police officer at a checkpoint, the Bangkok Post reported.
Police claimed the slaying was in self defence as Manit attempted to seize a gun when they were inspecting his apartment. Shortly before the slaying Manit was photographed with his hands cuffed.
Manit, suspected to be a member of a drug gang, had broken through a police checkpoint Saturday driving a motorcycle with his girlfriend sitting pillion, the report said.
Police pursued the pair and a shootout ensued in which one police officer and Manit’s girlfriend, Sunisa Yupan, were killed.
Manit was captured, handcuffed and taken to his apartment where he was shot.