UPDATE: Parents of American citizen who opened fire at police and journalist in Pattaya before suicide are in Bangkok state quarantine, flew in to see him only two days before


The parents of the American citizen, originally born in Greece, who opened fire in Pattaya last night at police and injured a journalist before shooting himself, had arrived at a state quarantine in Bangkok two days ago.

All visitors to Thailand are required to complete fourteen day quarantines due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is unclear what visa they used to enter the country.

This morning’s major incident in Pattaya, Thailand involving a 25 year old American citizen originally born in Greece dominated social media and the local news.

Read more about the story HERE.


After further investigation police found that the suspect has a Thai wife in Pattaya. He was unable to go back home during the Covid-19 crisis and reportedly had financial issues according to Pattaya Police.

Police also told the Pattaya Press that the suspect had an alleged illegal drug issue and also had personal health issues. Two weeks ago the suspect reportedly attacked his wife with a knife following a domestic argument before they broke up. She subsequently moved out of their shared apartment leaving him alone.

His parents arrived at a state quarantine in Bangkok two days ago to visit him and provide assistance. They have now been informed about their son, as has the US Embassy. The photo below shows an unidentified friend of the suspect who attempted to assist police in getting the suspect to surrender this morning. The Pattaya News has decided not to name the suspect at this time.

The suspect was reportedly in Muay Thai training in the local area.

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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.