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Crime in Hong Kong

Hong Kong man, 39, pinned down and arrested after trying to snatch policeman’s gun

Suspect allegedly approached two officers on Queen’s Road Central and attempted to grab service revolver from holster

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 9:48am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 3:51pm

A man was pinned down and arrested in Sheung Wan after allegedly attempting to snatch a police officer’s gun from its holster.

Police said the 39-year-old man was walking head on towards two male uniformed officers on Queen’s Road Central near Morrison Street at about 9pm on Monday. As he got closer to one of them, the suspect tried to snatch the officer’s service revolver.

The officer protected his weapon with one hand while trying to push the man away with another. After a struggle, he and his partner finally subdued and arrested the Hongkonger.

A police source said the man had failed to remove the officer’s gun from the holster.

No one was injured in the incident.

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The source said investigators had to yet to determine the suspect’s motive. No documents suggesting he had mental problems were found on him.

Witnesses told the media that the suspect shouted for help and continued to struggle after being pinned down.

Such incidents are rare in Hong Kong. In September 2014, a 35-year-old illegal immigrant from the mainland grabbed hold of a gun in an officer’s holster and fired six shots from within the holster at North District Hospital.

The officer was shot in the hand. Two other officers and a hospital worker sustained minor non-firearm-related injuries during an attempt to subdue the man.

The firer was at the hospital for wrist injuries sustained in a suicide attempt. He was later jailed for 40 months.