Details of incident in dispute, victim says attack unprovoked
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"She told me that she had been shot and that Leo had been shot and killed. ... This should never have happened."
A Chilliwack woman who was shot in Thailand by a police officer said her best friend died trying to protect her.
Carly Reisig, 24, was leaving a bar with John Leo Del Pinto, 25, of Calgary, in a northern Thai town called Pai early Sunday morning when she said a police officer attacked them without provocation.
Media have reported that Sgt. Uthai Dechawiwat shot Leo Del Pinto, 25, once in the face and once in the stomach, while Reisig was shot in the chest.
Sgt. Dechawiwat told authorities the couple were in a violent fight on the street and attacked him when he tried to intervene. He said his gun accidentally went off three times as he defended himself.
But Reisig said she and Del Pinto were play fighting and that Sgt. Dechawiwat, who did not identify himself as a police officer, came up and punched her in the head.
Del Pinto shoved the officer and a struggle ensued, she said. At some point Sgt. Dechawiwat pulled out a gun and shot her friend.
Reisig said she watched him collapse in a pool of blood as the officer turned around and shot her in the chest.
Sgt. Dechawiwat has been charged with premeditated murder in Del Pinto’s death and intent to kill for shooting Reisig.
Reisig told reporters from her hospital bed that the bullet came within 2.5 centimetres of her heart and punctured her lung, but denied rumours that she’s pregnant.
Suzanne Reisig, Carly’s mother, said yesterday she couldn’t believe it when Carly called home to say she was in hospital.
“She told me that she had been shot and that Leo had been shot and killed,” said Suzanne Reisig, who lives in Chilliwack. “It was terrible. She’s very distraught, she’s in a lot of pain, and … in shock.”
Suzanne Reisig said Del Pinto had flown to Thailand to visit Carly, who had been in Thailand for a year.
“We spoke about Leo’s family and what they’re going through, and how Leo was the most non-confrontational and nicest guy,” she said. “This should have never, ever happened. We want her home.”