Police shoot, injure knife-wielding man on Lantau
A drunken knife-wielding expatriate was “out off control and threatening to harm himself and others” when a police officer with 20 years service opened fire on him in the early hours of Saturday morning hitting him in the thigh.
Simon Joseph Gorka was shot by police after a domestic dispute at his Tung Chung apartment. It was the first time the veteran officer fired his weapon in the line of duty in his career.
The 32-year-old Canadian was drunk and in an emotional state following an argument with his 32-year-old Chinese girlfriend. She called the police who found him outside the Caribbean Coast residential development in Tung Chung, and in the possession of a steak knife and two fruit knives.
He threatened police and then began cutting himself with the knives. After giving several verbal warnings for him to stop a police sergeant fired one shot and Gorka sustained a gunshot wound to his left inner thigh. He also had a cut wound on his right thigh. He is now in intensive care at Princess Margaret Hospital, Lai King.
A neighbour living in the same apartment block said that the police were left with no other option but to shoot him.
“He was out off control and threatening to harm himself and others,” the neighbour, who asked not to be identified, said.
“He was going berserk. The police took action more to prevent him from doing harm to himself rather than because he was going to attack them. They were really left with no other alternative.”
Police seized three knives at the scene. Gorka was arrested for possession of offensive weapon and is being detained pending further enquiries.
Investigations by District Crime Squad of Lantau District are proceeding.