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Shenzhen cops accidentally shoot cab driver

(China Daily)

08:54, January 12, 2012

Armed police officers on guard inside Chuanqi Nightclub in Dongguan, Guangdong province, on Tuesday. Shenzhen police were attacked at the club when they were chasing a suspect. (China Daily Photo)

SHENZHEN, Guangdong - Dongguan Public Security Bureau confirmed at midnight on Tuesday that Shenzhen police officers shot a taxi driver by mistake on Monday night outside a nightclub in Dongguan, Guangdong province.

According to the website of Dongguan Public Security Bureau, Shenzhen police and assistant police officers came to a nightclub in Chang'an county, Dongguan to arrest someone believed to be a member of a gang. There they encountered some of the club's hired bodyguards, who assaulted the officers with knives, injuring six.

At this time, police fired a shot into the air to deter the attackers, but the group continued to advance. When the officers finally opened fire on the assailants in self-defense, a stray round struck a nearby taxi driver in the stomach. The man was taken to the hospital, where he died later of his injuries.

The notice also said Dongguan police arrived after being informed and helped Shenzhen police control the scene. They took away 38 criminal suspects, of which two were placed in criminal detention, and 36 drug addicts were sent to administrative detention. The investigation is in progress.

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