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Warning shots right and reasonable, say police

2019-09-01 HKT 03:50
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  • A bullet casing that was discovered by nearby residents. Photo: RTHK
    A bullet casing that was discovered by nearby residents. Photo: RTHK
The police have confirmed that officers fired two warning shots in Victoria Park, saying the decision was right and reasonable as they felt their lives were in danger.

Senior Superintendent Yolanda Yu from the police’s public relations branch told reporters that the officers were attacked by protesters, who tried to snatch away a phone and even a gun.

She said in the first incident, undercover officers were provoked and charged at by several dozen protesters. She said they tried to snatch their phones, then started attacking them, and tried to snatch away their guns.

The officers identified themselves as officers before firing a warning shot.

Yu said in the second incident, four officers were attacked by up to 40 protesters with long metal rods, bamboo sticks, petrol bombs and bricks. They retreated into Victoria Park and were surrounded. Again, officers identified themselves as police, before another warning shot was fired there.

It marks the second time in as many weeks that officers have fired live ammunition after facing off with protesters.

Video appearing to capture the event showed some demonstrators confronting a group they suspected were police officers masquerading as protesters and a physical confrontation ensued.

More police arrived at the scene and the protesters took off. But witnesses said when the police chased off the protesters, they heard a gunshot.

Earlier, residents who live near to Victoria Park discovered what they believed to be a bullet casing and showed it to members of the press.