HONG KONG, Jan 1 – A police officer fired two gunshots to the oncoming car which allegedly rushed towards him. A colleague had also fled to an intersection at a Wong Tai Sin public estate early today. The car carrying two men and one woman tried to escape from two plainclothes detectives after they had stopped another suspicious man at Choi Wan Estate shortly after 2am.
Police said the first male suspect, aged 19, was spotted acting suspiciously near a refuse collection centre. When the two police officers approached and tried to intercept him, he tried to flee to a slope towards an exit. Police said that the man then took out a torch from his waist and threw it towards the two detectives.
After a chase, the officers stopped and arrested the man at a nearby carpark when he tried to board a car inside. The officers tried to intercept and inspect the car, carrying two men and one woman, but its driver ignored the order and rushed towards the officers. One officer fired two shots, one of which hit the windscreen of the car, Kowloon East police superintendent Chau Hin-hung said.
The car left the scene, and hours later, around 6am, it was found abandoned and burnt in Tseung Kwan O. Chau said police believed the car was linked to the first male suspect. He said police were now looking for the three people on board the car. The officer who opened fire suffered bruises and scratches to his legs during the chase and required seven days’ leave. The two officers were carrying out a routine anti-burglary and robbery in the estate.