43-year-old Filipino man shot by police on Peng Chau no longer in critical condition, doctor explains why police officer passes out minutes after being strangled


27th February 2023 – (Hong Kong) At about 10.41pm on 24th February, Police received a noise nuisance report at a unit on Wing On Street, Peng Chau. When police officers rushed to the scene to conduct investigation, a 43-year-old Filipino man named Oliver suddenly turned emotional, suspectedly assaulted a male police officer with hands, pushed him down the stairs, chased him and attempted to assault him again. Facing threats to life, the male police officer gave verbal warnings to the man but in vain and subsequently fired three shots at him. Sustaining shot wounds to his hand and abdomen, the 43-year-old Filipino man was sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital by helicopter in conscious state.

His condition turned from critical to serious yesterday night. The senior police officer who was strangled by Oliver suddenly passed out during the investigation, and the police said that there was a red mark left on his neck. A doctor in the emergency room analysed the injuries of the two injured persons and pointed out that the wounded Filipino man was shot in the abdomen. The severity of the injury in the abdomen is difficult to analyse with the naked eye. An in-depth examination must be carried out. After the bullet enters the body, it will normally penetrate body area with the least resistance. It is difficult to predict where the injured part and organs would be, but it is important for the victim to remain conscious.

The bullet could pass through skin, fat, fascia, muscle, peritoneum, ascites, internal organs such as liver, kidney, intestines, nerves, aorta, spine, and it might finally injure internal organs.

As for the police officer who did not faint immediately after he was strangled, but suddenly passed out during the period of investigation, it may be caused by vasovagal syncope. The condition occurs when someone faints because his body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. It may also be called neurocardiogenic syncope. The vasovagal syncope trigger causes the person’s heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. Since there are vagus nerves on both sides of the neck, the police officer only fainted after being strangled a few minutes later.

43-year-old Filipino suspect Oliver.