Former local politician dead by suicide in Pattaya area


A former local politician reportedly fatally shot himself at a house in Banglamung last night (October 23).

Captain Yuttaphon Boonkerd of the Banglamung Police was notified of the incident at 8:00 PM at a house in Nong Plalai.

Police, emergency responders and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find the body of Mr. Jaroon Boonsamer, 73, who is a former local politician in Nong Plalai.

A single bullet wound was found on his temple. Nearby, emergency workers found a handgun. No sign of struggle was found in the house.

His daughter and son told police that their father was sometime upset with family specific problems without elaborating.

Last night, he was allegedly heavily drinking alcohol alone before the family members reported hearing a loud noise. They found that their father had apparently shot himself.

Police, meanwhile, have pledged to conduct a full investigation.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or need someone to talk to The Pattaya News suggests the Samaritans of Thailand. They can be found below.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang 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 more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, 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.