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Officer fires three shots at protesters in TST

2019-11-18 HKT 06:03
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  • Videos circulating online show protesters throwing bricks and bottles at police inside an ambulance.
    Videos circulating online show protesters throwing bricks and bottles at police inside an ambulance.
Police confirmed that officers fired three live rounds in Tsim Sha Tsui around 3am on Monday – some three hours after issuing a warning that officers will retaliate with bullets if protesters continue attacking them with lethal weapons.

The force said a 20-year-old female protester had been arrested and was being escorted to an ambulance, when a ‘mob of rioters’ assaulted officers and helped her escape.

Online video showed a group of black-shirted protesters gathered around a stationary ambulance at the intersection of Jordan Road and Canton Road, with two police officers inside the vehicle.

A close-up video shows black-shirted protesters throwing bricks and bottles.

Police said people had been throwing bricks and splashed an unidentified liquid at the officers. Videos also showed people rocking the entire ambulance back and forth repeatedly.

Police said one officer, facing grave threat to his life, fired three shots, but initial investigations suggest that no-one was hit.

Most people scattered after the first two shots were fired, but video footage showed some protesters then lobbed Molotov cocktails at the ambulance, striking the vehicle, before a third gunshot was heard.