Police up the ante with live rounds and snipers

Local | Cindy Wan 19 Nov 2019

Police snipers are on standby at the History Museum for action on the besieged Polytechnic University, as police fired four live rounds in separate incidents.

A black-clad officer was captured in a photo looking out of a window with a sniper rifle beside his feet. Another photo shows an officer holding a rifle while checking his smart phone.

A man who said he works at the History Museum spread a voice message on WhatsApp saying snipers were targeting arrow shooters.

Asked about the snipers and rifles, Regional Commander of Kowloon West Cheuk Hau-yip said firearms were their regular weapons.

He told the police press briefing that "our colleagues who have special skills - the snipers in your words - have professional training."

"I believe many have seen the Flying Tigers [Special Duties Unit] performing their duties in the past. If necessary, we will deploy them," he added.

Meanwhile, three live rounds were fired yesterday after protesters attacked an ambulance to rescue a woman arrested for illegal assembly in Jordan.

The woman, who sustained head injuries, was brought to an ambulance at the junction of Ferry Street and Jordan Road at 3am, escorted by two police officers. But protesters hurled bricks, umbrellas and splashed liquid at the officers after they boarded the vehicle.

Protesters continued to throw objects and shake the ambulance until an officer fired one live round.

After a petrol bomb exploded in front of them, officers fired two more warning shots to disperse the crowd.

It was later found that the patient had disappeared and is now wanted by police.

Leung Wai-lok, acting deputy chief fire officer, said taking the patient away forcibly could worsen her injuries.


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