Thai/Italian couple in apparent murder/suicide after police fake Viagra raid – cop injured

Jul 02, 2021 | 

Thai Rath reported that Consumer Protection Police surrounded a two story property on Petkasem Highway in Prachuap Khirikhan yesterday morning and were preparing to present a search warrant.

They had been investigating the sale of fake Viagra online.

Inside the cement house was 38 year old Wijit Phothilam from Phetchabun and 61 year old Marko Rassu from Italy, reported Sanook

Pol Maj Theera Phanthuwong from the CPP said they were going to search the house and had a warrant.

The drama unfolded at Moo 10, Petchkasem heading south in Ban Don Hang, Muang district, opposite the Toyota showroom.

Wijit appeared at a top floor balcony and said they were not ready for a search. He called 191 as a delaying tactic and further announced that he would kill himself if the officers came in. 

He mentioned that someone was sick with an underlying health condition as the standoff lasted several hours. 

At 11 am Wijit came down to inspect the search warrant giving the opportunity for officers to burst in utilizing an outside staircase.

This prompted the Italian man to fire four shots from a 9mm gun at Pol Sergeant Sadayu Saenyot who ducked and fell from the second floor injuring his right arm. 

Back-up was requested as Muang district chief Pol Col Samer Yusamran and a special task force arrived and provincial chief Pol Maj-Gen Wanchai Tharanatham headed to the scene. 

At 12.30 pm many shots were heard from the property and officers went into a second floor bedroom.

In a bathroom they found Wijit dead from two shots to the chest and one to the head.

Nearby slumped up by a wall was Mr Rassu who had a 9mm gun in his right hand.

He had apparently shot himself in the right temple with the bullet exiting the back of the head. He was covered in blood. 

Thai Rath said that police had been investigating Wijit for some time and that he was a big agent dealing in fake Viagra online. Many arrests had already been made in the case.

But the investigation had led to Wijit who was hiding in the house.

Many medications were found as well as a computer with links to private drugs’ firms. 

A database had the names of many customers and all this was taken into evidence. 

The media surmised that, facing a long prison sentence over the matter, it had been a murder suicide to escape responsibility. 

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