The director of the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand shot dead, prime suspect dead by suicide


Songkhla, Southern Thailand –

A Songkhla zoo veterinarian killed himself after he allegedly killed the director of The Zoological Park Organization of Thailand (ZPOT).

The ZPOT director Mr. Suriya Senpong was shot dead before noon today at the Songkhla Zoo while he was investigating a report of a missing rare deer.

It was reported that he had ordered the transfer of zoo officials while the investigation was being conducted.

The suspect was identified as the head of the Conservation and Research Office of the Songkhla Zoo, Phuvadon Suwanna.

Phuvadol was one of several officials who were under investigation for the missing deer case.

He was found dead at his accommodation at the zoo not long after. He fled after reportedly shooting Suriya at a meeting.

Phuvadon’s wife said her husband was very nervous when he was notified of his transfer order as part of the investigation.

Police are continuing their investigation. The Minister of Environmental Resources is also involved in the ongoing case. The Pattaya News will provide more details as they are revealed.



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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.