Police officer fires a shot at car driver who refused to stop his vehicle in Sha Tin

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8th April 2021 – (Hong Kong)  At 9.53am, officers of Traffic New Territories South conducted a traffic enforcement operation on Tai Po Road – Sha Tin and spotted a private car with an expired vehicle licence. When officers attempted to intercept the private car, the car fled towards Kowloon.

 When approaching the junction of Tai Chung Kiu Road and Sha Kok Street, the car rammed into a private car and fled towards Sha Tin Wai. When approaching the junction of Sha Tin Wai Road and Ngan Shing Street, the car rammed into a bus, two private cars, two taxis and a police vehicle. It did not stop and two male police officers gave verbal warnings to the driver inside the car but in vain. For the safety of his own and other road users, one of the male police officers subsequently fired one shot at the driver. Sustaining shoulder injury, the driver was sent to Prince of Wales Hospital in conscious state.

The police officer then pursued the driver and intercepted him near Lam Tai Fai College at 25 Ngan Shing Street, Sha Tin. The driver of the private car still did not give up and drove the car back and forth in an attempt to escape. During the period, it collided with other vehicles. The police officers then fired a shot at the private car, eventually subduing the driver of the private car. It is reported that the bullet hit the right shoulder of the male driver. The conscious driver was arrested and sent to the hospital. There was also a female passenger and a child in the private car, both of whom were present to assist in the investigation. A large number of police officers arrived at the scene to block the area of ​​the scene and are conducting a thorough search of the private car involved.

After investigation, the 45-year-old male driver on the private car was arrested for dangerous driving, furious driving, driving without third party insurance, driving without a valid license and driving an unlicensed vehicle. The driver and a 37-year-old female passenger were also arrested for possession of instrument fit for unlawful purpose. All the arrestees are being detained for further enquiries.

In the traffic accident, a 65-year-old female passenger on a private car, a 52-year-old male taxi driver and two male police officers sustained minor injuries while the arrested woman and a 2-year-old girl felt unwell. They were sent to Prince of Wales Hospital in conscious state. 8 vehicles were damaged.

 Some pliers, screwdrivers and gloves were seized.

  Investigation by the Regional Crime Unit of New Territories South is underway. Anyone who witnessed the case or has any information to offer is urged to contact the investigating officers on 3661 1218.

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