08/14/2012 08:50 am ET Updated Aug 14, 2012

Boonsong Kowawisarat, Thailand Senator, Allegedly Shoots And Kills Companion At Restaurant

Tragedy struck Sunday evening at an eatery in northern Thailand when a lawmaker allegedly killed his companion "by accident."

According to the Bangkok Post, 51-year-old Boonsong Kowawisarat, a Senator from Thailand's Mae Hong Son province, discharged a 9mm Uzi submachine gun while waiting for food at a restaurant. The shot hit his secretary in the stomach, and she later died from her wounds.

"Senator Boonsong's gun was accidentally fired off while he was trying to keep his pistol into its case. The shot went straight into his secretary who was having dinner," a local police official told CNN.

AFP reports that the victim, 46-year-old Chanakarn Detkard, was Boonsong's cousin. CNN, meanwhile, identified her as his ex-wife.

The BBC notes it was unclear why the Senator was armed. If convicted, he faces a maximum 10-year sentence and 20,000 baht ($636) fine.

Read the whole story at the Bangkok Post.