A POLICEWOMAN who launched into a flying tackle on a fugitive after he shot dead her colleague and took aim at another has become Hong Kong's first woman to win the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Leung Lai-fun, 26, is also believed to be the only woman in the Commonwealth to receive the coveted award. She earned the bravery medal for leaping on and grappling with Lau Ka-ming, 19, after he grabbed a gun from a police holster during a roadside check in Ngau Tau Kok in July 1994. Lau, who was wanted for questioning over a robbery, shot dead rookie constable Hon Wing-san - whose service revolver he had stolen - and shot Constable Wong Yu-hoi in his attempt to flee. As Lau was taking fresh aim at Mr Wong, the policewoman, taking a split-second decision, jumped on him and yanked his head back. Her action sent his shots whining harmlessly into the air and saved her colleague's life. Hon, who clung to Lau despite being shot twice at point-blank range, posthumously received the same award as Constable Leung. He was killed by a third bullet to the head. Yesterday Constable Leung praised her dead colleague's courage, describing his action as 'a model to all police officers'. Constable Leung, who joined the police force barely two years before the fatal shootout, said she was honoured to receive the award. 'I feel upset about the death of PC Hon,' she added. 'I'm sure his family and colleagues are proud of him.' Lau was sentenced to life imprisonment in April last year. Mr Justice Stuart-Moore described him as 'an extreme danger to society'. He was sentenced to an extra 21 years for shooting Constable Wong in the arm.