Police shoot knife-wielding robbery suspect

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 May, 2004, 12:00am

A knife-wielding robbery suspect was gunned down by two police officers early yesterday after he allegedly stole $100 from a woman in Sha Tin.

The wounded man, shot in his neck and right armpit, was in a critical condition at the Prince of Wales Hospital last night. Police have been unable to take a statement from the suspect.

Two officers each fired a shot at the man as he tried to attack one with a knife at 1am, said Chief Inspector Catherine Kwan Chui-ching, assistant divisional commander of Sha Tin.

'The officers tried to stop and search [the wounded man],' said Chief Inspector Kwan. 'But he resisted and tried to attack one of our colleagues.'

The officers believed the suspect was responsible for robbing a woman, 21. She was confronted at knifepoint by a man who had been riding a bicycle in Yuen Chau Kok Road in Sha Tin shortly after midnight.

Officers spotted the suspect riding a bicycle in Tak Yi Street, near City One, Sha Tin.

No identification could be found on the man, who police described as in his 40s. His appearance matched that of the robbery suspect, who spoke Putonghua, officers said.

A $100 note was found on the man but police said forensic tests would be needed to determine whether it belonged to the victim.

Police reinforcements rushed to the scene after the shooting and sealed off the area. The suspect received first aid after the police kicked away the knife.

The 25cm-long knife, as well as the bicycle, were taken away as evidence.

The two officers who opened fire felt unwell after the shooting and were also sent to the Prince of Wales Hospital, where they were later discharged.

The shooting prompted a large-scale police search for evidence later in the morning.

Officers recovered bits of metal believed to be bullet fragments with the help of a metal detector.

The District Crime Squad of Sha Tin is investigating the case and will review whether the officers who shot the suspect had acted appropriately.