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‘Shots fired’ in stand-off between police forces in western China

Stand-off started after officers from another city seized mining equipment in Chongqing, according to a newspaper report

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 2:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 2:09pm

Police officers from two Chinese cities drew their guns on each other in a stand-off thought to be over the seizure of mining equipment, according to a newspaper report.

Witnesses said on social media they heard at least three shots fired in the air during the dispute between officers from Chongqing and Xingping in Shaanxi province, the Chongqing Morning News reported.

The newspaper said the officers from Shaanxi were stopped by Chongqing police on New Year’s Eve after they had seized illegal mining vehicles the previous day, although it was not clear why the situation escalated.Photographs of the stand-off were published online.

The Xingping police department told the newspaper the matter was now under investigation.