A police chief in Nakorn Sri Thammarat has ordered his men to shoot to kill if necessary as the hunt for a jealous Thai man intensifies.
Thanakorn Saiyut was described as armed and dangerous. If he resists arrest Pol Col Suthat Songsayom of the Chawang police said he should be shot.
Thanakorn is being hunted after he shot his ex girlfriend Orn-anong Phromsrikaew in the face.
Cops and rescue services found her in a pool of blood in the early hours of Friday morning at her flat.
Doctors at the hospital said she had been shot in the mouth with the bullet exiting through her right cheek.
Orn-Anong, 24, is a staffer at the Huay Prik branch of 7-Eleven in the southern Thai province. The province is famous for its lawlessness and high gun crime.
Sanook said that the shooter burst in on his ex girlfriend and without uttering a word shot her in the face.
They called him a dangerous hoodlum jealous that his ex had a new boyfriend.