Intruder shot by clerk after chase

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 December, 1997, 12:00am

A suspected Hong Kong burglar was shot and seriously wounded early yesterday when a sleeping Macau lawyer's clerk woke to find him sneaking into a city centre law office.

The incident - in which the suspect, 36, was wounded in the head and shoulder - is the 20th break-in at legal offices in the enclave in recent weeks.

It comes days after two similar attacks on other legal offices and just weeks after leading lawyer and Legislative Assembly Deputy Dr Neto Valente's office was burgled and his licensed hand-gun stolen.

Yesterday's suspect disturbed Guilherme Guterres who was asleep in his first-floor office in Rua do Pedro Jose Lobo just after 6.30 am.

Mr Guterres fired two warning shots then chased the robbery suspect into a car park where he fired four more shots, hitting the suspect in the head and shoulder.

Doctors at the San Januario Hospital removed one bullet from the suspect and described his condition last night as serious.

A description of yesterday's suspect has not been released.

The spate of break-ins has raised fears they could be linked. Witnesses to previous incidents have described the intruder as a 'thin, tall man, dressed in black'. Several offices have been the subject of more than one break-in.

It is understood no documents have been stolen, although gold ornaments and other valuables were taken. The victims have been criminal and civil lawyers' offices.

Last week Dr Valente criticised security chiefs for their failure to arrest anyone over the robberies.