Female drug suspect dead after police fire at car
One of two females who attempted to escape from a police checkpoint died after an officer fired two shots at the car in Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City yesterday, April 25.
Police stopped an Audi SUV driven by a 29-year-old woman named Lin at a roadside checkpoint on Zhonggang East Road at around 10:00 pm. Traveling with Ms Lin was 30-year-old woman, also named Lin, but unrelated.
Both women wound down their windows and cooperated with police until, a license plate check revealed that the owner of the vehicle was wanted for fraud. When police indicated that they wanted to search the vehicle, Lin reversed into a police car, almost running over the police officers. As Lin sped away, one of the officers fired two shots at the car.
Lin’s car was later found abandoned in front of the entrance of the Emergency Department of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou District. Lin had fled the scene in a taxi after taking her friend to the hospital. The shooting victim was declared dead a short time after arrival.
Ms Lin, accompanied by a lawyer, turned herself in at a police station at around 2:00 am this morning.
A search of Lin’s car turned up 10 packets containing drugs or drug residues, including amphetamine and heroin.
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