Cop fires four shots but fails to stop newspaper thief

January 12, 2015 16:05
Police investigate the scene of the theft. Photos: Ming Pao Daily

A police officer fired four shots to try to stop a thief early Monday, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The officer was conducting a surveillance operation at about 5 a.m. after receiving reports of thefts of newspapers.

He spotted a man in his 20s stealing a bundle of various newspapers from a stall at Whampoa Estate in Man Tai Street, Hung Hom.

The officer chased the man and jumped after him into a blue van, where a young woman aged about 18 was found in the front seat.

“The police officer ordered both people in the van to pull up, but they just ignored the warnings and drove on to near Hong Kong Polytechnic University,” the report quoted Detective Superintendent Lam Shu-wing as saying.

When the driver finally pulled over, the officer struggled with him and was forced out of the vehicle.

The van took off and ran over the officer's legs as he lay in the road.

The officer fired four shots, but it is unknown if they struck anyone.

The injured officer was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Two lanes of Chatham Road South heading toward Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui were temporarily closed to traffic.

Detectives from the Kowloon West regional crime unit arrived on the scene to investigate, but they found only one of the bullets.

Police refused to comment on whether the incident was linked to the firebombing of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's home in Ho Man Tin and the Next Media office in Tseung Kwan O shortly after midnight Monday. 

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