Kaohsiung City police shot a man in the hand after he cut three police officers and stabbed another, during an attempt to get the man into compulsory treatment for mental illness today, June 8.
Four police officers from the Nanzih police precinct accompanied by a psychiatrist from the Health Bureau went to a man’s residence at around 3:00 pm, after it was reported that the man had been suffering psychosis, not taking his medication, and had been frequently going out armed with a knife.
When the psychiatrist determined that the 47-year-old man, named Zhong, required compulsory medical treatment, the man refused, and grabbed a combat knife and an aluminium baseball bat to threaten the officers.
Officers used shields to approach Mr Zhong, but a scuffle ensued in the narrow hallway of the house, four officers were injured. Three officers were cut on the head and arms, and another officer was stabbed in the abdomen.
A police officer then fired two shots, one of which hit the man in the right hand.
One officer was bandaged at the scene, while two required sutures. One officer underwent surgery for a stab wound. Doctors said that no internal organs were damaged, and the wound is not life-threatening.
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