A man was found dead in the back seat of an abandoned car, after police fired 10 shots towards a vehicle that had rammed two police officers during a chase through the streets of Kaohsiung City, yesterday evening, December 30.
At around 7:40 pm Wednesday, Deputy Director of the Wujia Police Station, Wu Chien-ming, and Officer Dong Chia-ho, saw a black sedan with three occupants parked illegally at the intersection of Nanguang Street and Jintian Road in Fengshan District.
The officers identified the vehicle as belonging to a man named Lee, who was wanted on charges of theft.
When the officers approached the car, the driver sped away.
The two police officers, riding police scooters, chased the car to the intersection of Fengnan and Linsen Roads, where the suspects were blocked by traffic stopped at a red light.
Traffic monitor footage of the incident shows the driver of the suspect vehicle reversing into Officer Dong’s scooter, and also knocking Deputy Director Wu off his motorcycle.
Several civilian scooter riders are also seen narrowly avoiding being hit by the reversing vehicle.
Officer Dong and Deputy Director Wu drew their police pistols and fired 10 shots at the departing vehicle. According to a Liberty Times report, one shot was a warning shot fired into the air, while the others were aimed at the tires of the vehicle.
At around 8:00 pm, members of the general public reported seeing two men fleeing from a black sedan left in the middle of a dead-end street around 700 meters from the scene of the shooting.
Police investigators found a man who had been shot dead in the backseat of the car. The deceased man is yet to be identified.
The case is under investigation by the Police Forensics’ Center, and the Kaohsiung District Prosecutor’s Office.
Sources consulted: Liberty Times, China Times, United Daily News.
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