Tourist shot dead by off-duty Thai cop

Bangkok: A French tourist was gunned down by an off-duty Thai cop after a drunken bar fight in a seedy Bangkok district, police said.

The 41-year-old Parisian was shot dead yesterday at a downtown apartment block after an altercation with the police sergeant major who had approached the tourist’s Thai girlfriend.

“They were drunk ... they started to argue and then had a fistfight but the policeman couldn’t fight back,” said the Chief of Thailand’s Immigration Police Surachate Hakpan.

“The policeman followed him back to his place and shot him twice,” he said, adding that the victim had been in Thailand for several months.

The officer has been arrested and “will be fired ... and prosecuted on a murder charge”, Surachate added.

Police are hunting a second suspect seen on CCTV.

Gruesome pictures circulated on Thai media showed the victim lying in a pool of blood in front of a doughnut shop at his apartment block. — AFP