Thai police shot and killed a gunman who killed three people and injured three others after a 15-hour confrontation, security forces said on Thursday (March 23rd).
The incident began around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday (0800 GMT) in Phetchaburi province, about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, when a man opened fire in the street.
Surrounded by police in the afternoon, the shooter was shot Thursday morning after the police stormed the building where he had taken refuge.
"We took it step by step, starting with negotiations, but he kept fighting and shooting others
," police Lt. Gen. Thanawut Wutijarasthamrong said.
The shooter was a 29-year-old former National Parks employee, according to local media.
A search of the scene turned up a Glock pistol and two magazines, but police believe the man had more weapons.
Thailand, which has a high rate of gun ownership, has seen similar incidents in recent months.
The kingdom was bereaved in October by the deadliest massacre in its recent history, when a former police officer killed 36 people, including 24 children, in the province of Nong Bua Lamphu (northeast).