Gangster fires on cops in Wanhua District, Taipei City

A gangster with a history of firearms offences fired one shot at police in an attempt to evade arrest after being ambushed in Wanhua District, Taipei City today, March 7.

Banqiao District police went to Wanhua District to arrest the 47-year-old Four Seas Gang member, named Chen, after receiving intelligence that he would be visiting friends at noon today.

Nine police officers, in plain clothes, positioned themselves around a building on the corner of Xining South Road and Kaifeng Street. When Chen exited the building and headed for his car, police officers stepped forward to make the arrest.

However, when Chen saw the police officers, he pulled a pistol from his pocket and fired one shot at the officers. As those officers ducked for cover, other officers moved in from behind and restrained Chen before he could fire another shot.

Police confiscated a modified pistol, 36 bullets, and a small quantity of amphetamine.

handgun and ammunition

According to statements made at a press conference this afternoon, police had been after Chen for a long time. Chen was described as “a habitual gunman” with a long history of firearms, and drugs offences.

In 2004, Chen confronted police in a 7-hour-long armed standoff, during which he held a grenade. Chen served a prison term and was released in 2012.

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