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Man holds knife to wife's throat in horrific 6-hour standoff

A tense standoff in which a Thai man held his wife hostage with a knife to her throat ended after six hours when police used a Taser gun to disable him.

A crowd gathered to watch as 30-year-old Sakdawut Hamsiri threatened his wife, Thawee Naiyanit, on a street in Bangkok.

Police are pressing charges against Hamsiri in connection with physical restraint and narcotics usage, The Associated Press told msnbc.com.

His wife was sent to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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Sakdawut Hamsiri holds a knife to his wife Thawee Naiyanit's throat on a street in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 5, 2012.

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A policeman talks to Hamsiri during the standoff.

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Police said Hamsiri was under the influence of drugs.

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Police electroshock Hamsiri with a Taser to bring the incident to an end.