Suspect found dead after shootout with police: suspected suicide

A suspect who was cornered after a police chase was found dead in his vehicle after shots were exchanged in Keelung City this morning, November 21.

According to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News, police from Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County proceeded to Keelung City after being informed of the location of a man named Chen, who was wanted on suspicion of drug trafficking and intimidation.

At around 11:00am, plain clothes officers driving an unmarked vehicle went to make an arrest, but the suspect named Chen ran and jumped into a car in an attempt to escape.

Police shot at the car, and according to the reports, both sides fired at each other with a total of more than 10 shots fired.

Chen was found dead, with a shot to his left temple.

picture of car with bullet holes in hood and windscreen

According to a police preliminary investigation, Chen is suspected to have shot himself. One United Daily News report said that Chen raised his pistol in his right hand, and shot himself in the left temple. The pistol dropped beside the gear shift lever

Chen, 46, was wanted on drugs charges, and on suspicion of having sent threatening letters along with poisonous powder to fish farmers in Yilan County, demanding extortion money of between NT$300,000 to NT$500,000, otherwise he would poison their fish ponds.

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