A policeman and a healthcare worker suffered gunshot injuries on Monday when a suspected mentally ill person grabbed the officer’s weapon as the patient was being moved to a hospital in Hong Kong’s Sheung Shui district, RTHK reported Monday.
The policeman was hit in the right arm while a woman healthcare assistant was hit in the left leg, the report said. The injuries are not life-threatening.
The suspect, who was being escorted to the hospital after he tried to commit suicide, lunged for the police officer’s gun after his handcuffs was removed, according to the report.
He fired six shots as he struggled with the policeman outside the accident and emergency department at North District Hospital around noon.
A police spokesman said the gun was not removed from the policeman’s belt during the incident, as the officer managed to hold on to his gun bag despite the scuffle.
The patient, who was suspected to be an illegal immigrant from mainland China, was subdued and arrested at the scene.
A witness was quoted as saying that she heard a man shout for help, and later saw some people scuffling on the ground.
“Then I heard several gun shots, and suddenly everyone panicked and started running,” said the person, who gave her surname as Wong.
Several people were waiting for consultation at the accident and emergency ward when the incident occurred. The emergency department suspended service following the incident, and patients were told to go to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital for treatment, the report said.
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