Store Window Hit by Stray Bullets During Police Shoot-out with Drug Dealer

Stray Bullets hit a convenience store window in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, yesterday, after a police officer fired four shots at a suspect who pulled a gun on the officers. Fortunately, nobody was injured during the incident.

Police officers investigating suspected drug dealers followed two suspects from a residence in Ximending to a location in Zhonghe District. At around 11:00 pm, a 32 year-old suspect named Chen got out of a car as police approached to question the men. Chen pulled a folding knife out of his pocket and attempted to escape.

As police suppressed the suspect, the other man, 41 year-old Mr Jiang, pulled a gun on the officers at a range of less than 5 meters. Jiang took aim at the back of one of the officers suppressing Chen and pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed.

Another police officer fired four shots toward the suspect. At least two bullets hit the windows of the convenience store, leaving bullet holes and fractured glass.

Formosa News reported that a coffee machine was hit and broken, and there were bullet marks in the ceiling and walls of the store.

One clerk was in the store, and fortunately there were no customers present at the time. The clerk said that he was in the bathroom at the time of the shooting, and that he rushed out when he heard a loud noise.

Police arrested four suspects: the two drug dealers, and two people who were about to purchase drugs. A handgun, three bullets, a folding knife, and a quantity of amphetamine and heroin were taken as evidence.

Chen and Jiang have been charged with a number of offences, including attempted murder, and offences relating to drugs and weapons control regulations.

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Evidence seized from suspects arrested in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, January 22, 2018.
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Reporters speak to the clerk on duty at a convenience store that was hit by stray police bullets. Picture: Formosa News.

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