PHUKET: A man has been shot three times in a robbery at the southern district of Chalong about 9pm tonight, Phuketwan has confirmed. It is believed the money was a pay-off to a high-ranking official to settle a case involving drugs.
The shot man was a worker at the Phuket Prison who may have been working as a security guard to deliver the money.
Up to three million baht could have been stolen, early reports said - possibly by the other man acting as escort for the cash.
Doctors were operating on the wounded man, Druman Jipapan, about 45, who suffered two flesh wounds and a more dangerous shot in the neck.
He had been working at Phuket Prison for about 10 years and was the guard who checked people going in for weapons, a prison contact said tonight.
The shot man was wheeled from surgery in a satisfactory condition about 10.30pm.
The robbery and shooting followed the theft of two million baht in cash, allegedly by four Indonesians, yesterday in Phuket City from an unlocked pick-up.