Cops point gun at cabbie in assault gear in dramatic arrest

May 04, 2015 13:05
Shum, stripped of her assault gear, is escorted by an officer after her arrest. She is shown at right in a Facebook post uploaded by a netizen. Photos: Apple Daily, Facebook

Police with drawn guns moved on a woman taxi driver believed to be armed and dangerous in a dramatic arrest Sunday in a Tuen Mun roadside.

The officers seized an air gun and a fruit knife from the 57-year-old woman, surnamed Shum, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Shum was wearing a helmet, vest and knee caps when the policemen swooped on her after she resisted arrest. One officer had a gun pointed at her, the report said.

Witnesses reported Shum to the police after repeatedly seeing her in assault gear and thinking she might be armed.

Some netizens have uploaded her pictures on Facebook. 

Shum later said she has been dressing up as a soldier since she started working for a taxi company recently to deter potential robbers.

She said she had told the taxi company the air gun is registered with the Transport Department. 

Police officials said Shum has no criminal record and appears to be sane.

Barrister Albert Luk said possession of any weapon is illegal, even on the grounds of self-defense, unless the life of the person is under immediate threat.

Shum has been charged with possession of a gun without a license and possession of an offensive weapon.

She will appear in the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court Monday.

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