A young man who was set to become a cadet police officer has died after falling from a high-rise residential building in Mid-Levels West on Sunday, in what appears to be a case of suicide.
According to reports, the deceased, aged 24, was the son of two high-ranking police officers who were living at the Fairmont Gardens government quarters on Conduit Road.
At about 3am, security guards at the building heard a loud thud, prompting them to look around. To their shock, they saw a young man lying on the ground unconscious.
Realizing that someone had jumped from the tower, the guards immediately called the police, Ming Pao Daily reports.
When police officers and an ambulance arrived at the scene, Fung was pronounced dead.
Police have launched an investigation into the case, but initial findings did not suggest any foul play.
The victim, who bears the surname Fung, had a higher diploma and was recently accepted into the Hong Kong Police College (HKPC).
He was due to begin his commence his training program on Monday.
News website hk01.com cited sources as saying that Fung was an introvert and that he had suffered from emotional disorders.
Fung’s parents, however, said that they did not observe any abnormality on their son recently.
Fung’s father had retired early last year as a senior officer at the police’s planning and development division, while his mother is still a superintendent in the police’s surveillance team.
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