Chilling CCTV footage shows a tourist’s final moments – fighting with an off-duty Thai policeman who gave chase and shot him dead.
Djamel Malik, 41, had been drinking all night at the ‘Lucky Shot’ bar on the bustling Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11/1, when he started arguing with Senior Sergeant Khantaphong Huadsri at 7am on Tuesday morning.
French-Algerian Malik allegedly became angry after his Thai girlfriend started talking with Huadsri and the two men began throwing punches at each other.
Security cameras show how the two men scuffled, before Malik walked away – then started running as Huadsri gave chase with his .45 handgun.
Huadsri followed Malik into the foyer of the well known ‘Trendy Building’ on the adjacent street after a 500 metre chase. He then opened fire – hitting Malik in the head and shoulder.
The incident happened on an area of the Sukhumvit Road which has thousands of bars, massage parlours and clubs which stay open until the early hours of the morning. Police said the argument started when both men ”were very drunk”.
Police Major General Mongkol Varunno held a press conference at the scene this morning in which he said that investigators were checking CCTV and searching for witnesses. He said that Huadsri had surrendered at the scene and confessed to shooting the tourist.
The shooter has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on December 23.
Police Major General Mongkol Varunno said: ”The deceased at the suspect were both drunk and quarrelling. At this stage we do not know what the argument was about or how it started.
”Officers are checking CCTV from the area and speaking to witnesses to establish the full details of what happened.
”Khantaphong Huadsri has been removed from duty while an investigation takes place. Officers are gathering DNA evidence from the scene for forensics examinations. ”Officers have contacted the French Embassy for them to inform the family of the deceased that he has died.” ENDS
Malik’s Thai girlfriend, Kwanjira, told police that her and and Djamel had argued with the Thai policeman, who then backed down.
She said they were then returning to their room on the eighth floor of the Trendy Building when the Thai policeman reappeared and shot her boyfriend dead.
Kwanjira told police that the French tourist, whom she had known only for a short time, became jealous when she was talking to the Thai man.