POLICE believe the officer shot dead in a Kwai Chung housing estate
yesterday may have been lured there by a bogus call from people
intending to snatch his revolver and bullets.
Constable Leung Shing-yan, 23, was sent to handle a noise-complaint
case on the fifth floor of Shek To House, Block B, in Shek Wai Kok
Estate shortly before noon.
A few minutes later a resident reported hearing gunfire and said a
policeman had been shot.
Leung, who had been in the force for four years, was taken to nearby
Yan Chai Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His revolver, a .38 calibre Smith & Wesson containing six bullets, and
one extra clip of six bullets were missing.
The constable was shot four times above his left eyebrow, in the
left arm, in the back and in the back of the head after apparently
putting up a struggle against at least two attackers as he also
suffered a knife wound to the neck. A post-mortem examination will
determine if Leung was shot with his own revolver.
More than 100 emergency unit officers, many armed with automatic
weapons and wearing bulletproof vests, cordoned off and searched the
area for more than seven hours. Road blocks were set up, but by late
last night the killer or killers had not been found.
All residents in the immediate block were ordered out of their flats
and searched by armed officers.
Meanwhile, police were unable to trace the caller who filed the
original noise complaint.
"The call was made from a mobile phone, but the number was not
registered to anyone," said Tsuen Wan Assistant Divisional Commander
Superintendent Cheung Koon-wah, adding that "we have not ruled out
that someone lured the officer to the scene".
A police source said it was certain that the officer was lured to the
scene for his gun.
"It appeared to be a well-planned plot. The culprits filed a noise
complaint because they knew only one officer would turn up to
investigate," the source said.
"There must have been at least two culprits at the scene because one
of them was holding a knife."
Leung's body was found outside flat 552, and last night police took
two boxes and one plastic bag containing what appeared to be clothes
from the scene. They also took the front door of flat 553. The tenant,
a Ms Chan, said she was only told that it was wanted as evidence.
Ms Chan said the tenants of flat 552 were a man believed to be in his
20s and his elderly mother.
Commissioner of Police Tsang Yam-pui said he was deeply saddened by
Leung's death. He vowed the force would spare no effort to bring those
responsible to justice.
"I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family,
friends and colleagues of the constable. I wish to assure them that
resources have been deployed to ensure that a full and thorough
investigation into this terrible tragedy is conducted," he said.
Junior Police Officers' Association chairman Lau Kam-wah said his
colleagues mourned the death of the officer and would do whatever they
could to help his family.
Leung joined the force in 1996. Being the eldest son and still single,
he provided the main source of income for his family. As he died in
the line of duty, Leung will receive a funeral with the force's
highest honours and be buried at Gallant Garden in Fan Ling.
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