Shots fired at police in tense standoff: arsenal of firearms confiscated

A man suspected of drug trafficking and gun manufacturing was arrested after a tense two-hour standoff during which three shots were fired in the direction of police officers in Pingtung County today, June 19.

Criminal investigation officers went to a house in Wandan Township at around 7:00 am preparing to search for drugs and firearms, but the suspect, named Wu, refused to open the door, and a standoff ensued.

The police officers were attempting to break into the house with a crowbar when Wu fired three shots in the direction of the officers.

An officer said that a bullet whizzed past his head. “If I were ten centimeters taller, I would have been hit,” the officer told reporters.

Police did not shoot back, as Wu’s wife and three young children were also in the house.

Police negotiators communicated with friends and relatives of the suspect who finally persuaded him to surrender. The standoff ended with Wu’s arrest at 9:20 am.

A search of the house turned up three long guns, 11 handguns, 300 rounds of ammunition, tools for manufacturing or modifying guns, a packet of heroin, and a large amount of cash.

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