Date
28 July 2017
Siu Lek Yuen traffic operations center in Sha Tin was the scene of a real-life police drama when an officer tried to cut his wrist in an apparent suicide attempt. Photo: Google Maps
Siu Lek Yuen traffic operations center in Sha Tin was the scene of a real-life police drama when an officer tried to cut his wrist in an apparent suicide attempt. Photo: Google Maps

Senior cop talked out of apparent suicide try in 7-hour drama

Police talked a senior inspector out of cutting his wrist in an apparent suicide attempt and took hours before finally convincing him to be taken to hospital.

Paul Andrew Turner, 47, had become agitated and tried to cut his left wrist with a knife, Apple Daily reports, citing police sources.

The incident happened around 8.30 a.m. at the Siu Lek Yuen traffic operations center in Sha Tin.

Turner’s colleagues tried to distract him before police negotiators persuaded him to put down the knife three hours later.

It took another four hours to get Turner to agree to be brought to hospital, the report said.

There were no signs of wounding.

Investigators are treating the incident as attempted suicide.

Turner might have been depressed about his impending transfer to the Kowloon East traffic division where he will be required to work shifts, police sources said.

In 2014, Turner was suspended and charged with criminal intimidation for coercing his former girlfriend into keeping sexual relations with him by threatening to release their sex video, according to Apple Daily.

Turner, a 20-year police veteran, was exonerated and reinstated but became hopeless about ever being promoted, the report said.

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