3 inmates, one of them American, shoot policeman and flee
The Courts of Justice identified the inmates as Noi Nilthes, Sirinapa Wisetrit and an American national, Allen Helmus.
The three are being tried on drug charges. Ms Sirinapa is Mr Helmus’s wife and they were charged together while Mr Noi faced the drug offence separately.
Shortly after the three inmates arrived at the court, loud shouts were heard, followed by the sound of gunshots.
Mr Suriyan said Mr Noi shot a court police officer, identified as Pol Capt Thanamet Photipan, who was also stabbed with a knife by Mr Helmus.
Pol Capt Thanamet was reported to be in a critical condition at a local hospital.
The three, who were shackled, then ran from the back of the court’s compound to the car park and fired a few shots in the air before getting into an Isuzu pick-up truck and speeding off along the Thep Prasit Road.
It was unclear how the inmates obtained the gun and the knife and whether the Isuzu pick-up truck had been parked there to help with their escape.
Mr Suriyan said the Pattaya police were reviewing footage from the surveillance cameras installed along the inmates’ escape route. The crime appeared to have been planned, he added.
According to the court, Mr Noi was indicted on a charge of possessing 229,800 methamphetamine pills and 100 Ecstacy tablets. Mr Helmus and Ms Sirinapa face trial for possessing a kilogramme of crystal methamphetamine or "ya ice".
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39-year-old Bart Allen Helmus and his Thai wife, 30-year-old Sirinapa Wisetrit pictured followed their arrest on Saturday in Pattaya when police seized nearly 1 kg of ‘ice’ or crystal methamphetamine, a gun with 200 bullets and ฿205,500 in cash. The American has admitted to dealing in drugs and told police that he bought the stash of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’ on the internet’s dark web.
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