A 16-year-old boy plunged to his death from a public rental housing estate in Kowloon Bay, but it remains unclear whether it was an accident or a suicide.
At about 11 a.m. on Wednesday, police officers arrived on the 35th floor of Ying Shun House of Choi Ying Estate to arrest the boy after a warrant had been issued for him by a court because of probation violation, Apple Daily reports.
The teenager failed to report to his probation officer at the end of May after he was handed a 18-month probation order last year for fighting at school, according to a source.
Seeing his mother opening the door and allowing the officers to come in, the boy allegedly became agitated, climbed out of the window from his bedroom and sat on the window ledge.
As he refused to return to the room, the police officers called the Fire Services Department (FSD) to arrange an air cushion to be put on the ground in case he fell while firefighters equipped with climbing gear were on standby on a higher floor.
Police and firefighters talked to the boy behind the window before officers from the Police Negotiation Cadre were called to the scene to convince him to move to a safer place.
After a standoff that lasted nearly three hours, the teenager finally agreed to leave the ledge.
According to an FSD station officer, a police negotiator told the boy that firefighters would climb down to assist him in returning to the room and he agreed.
But at around 1:45 p.m., as firefighters tried to approach him, he suddenly turned around and fell off the ledge.
He ended up lying unconscious beside the air cushion after hitting the fence.
The boy was rushed to United Christian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police were investigating whether the boy decided to jump down or just fell by accident, according to a police source.
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