A stunning video recorded on Thursday at Sha Tin, Hong Kong, reveals the tail end of a wild car chase ending in a police shooting.
The movie was recorded by the dash-cam of a nearby cab, and reveals a Hong Kong police officer with a gun drawn as a car tries to squeeze from tightly controlled traffic.
The footage reveals the vehicle trying to make a desperate escape by ramming into nearby cars — ultimately sacrificing its back bumper — although the officer dodges the efforts.
Eventually, the car came to a halt and the officer can be viewed blasting the car’s window using a baton. At precisely the exact same time, another officer from frame opened fire, hitting the suspect’s shoulder, the South China Morning Post reported.
“We tried to stop the car… but the driver continued his escape, refused to open the door and hit more cars,” Chief Inspector Ng Tak-nam in the New Territories South regional crime squad, told the outlet.
“Even when his car was trapped [on Ngan Shing Street], he continued to smash into other vehicles. We think that pulling the gun in such a situation is lawful and reasonable,” he added.
The defendant, a 45-year-old-man together with the last name of Hung, was sent for treatment in Prince of Wales Hospital following the shooting. The suspect’s 37-year-old girlfriend and a two-year-old child, who had been in the vehicle, were not hurt, the Post reported.
However, police said Thursday a 65-year-old female passenger in another vehicle, a 52-year-old man taxi driver, and two male police officers suffered minor injuries during the chase.
The chase initially started approximately 9: 53 a.m. when traffic police discovered the suspect’s car had a license plate that died in 2015. Police then purchased the vehicle to stop, but the defendant sped off in the opposite direction of traffic.
That resulted in a six-minute, three-mile car chase where the defendant sped through four red lights and crashed into a bus, two personal cars, two taxis and a police vehicle along the way, the Post reported.
Ng said Thursday that when police had not opened fire in the long run, the defendant would have probably injured more motorists on the road. Authorities said that they gave Hung multiple warnings throughout the chase, and that the shooting was in line with police use of force guidelines.
After the chase, police found that the car did not belong to Hung and discovered suspected burglary tools like hammers, gloves and pliers inside the vehicle.
Hung has been arrested and was charged with six offenses, including unsafe driving, furious driving and driving without a valid license, the Post reported. He and his girlfriend are also being held for possession of an instrument fit for unlawful purposes, which might lead to up to 2 decades in prison if convicted.
Newsweek contacted Hong Kong authorities for an additional comment, but didn’t hear back in time for the publication.