Sham Shui Po MTR station in Kowloon Photo: Wikipedia

A man has been critically injured after a police officer opened fire at Sham Shui Po MTR station in Kowloon on Wednesday morning.

At 7.40am, a policeman and a policewoman from the Police Tactical Unit of West Kowloon Regional Police Headquarters were patrolling in Sham Shui Po MTR station when they spotted a man who looked suspicious, Apple Daily reported.

As they approached the man, he pulled a 15-centimeter-long cutter from his backpack and allegedly wielded it threateningly at the policewoman despite repeated warnings to stop.

The policewoman shot the suspect in the abdomen and subdued him.

The suspect, a 55-year-old Hong Kong man, was sent to the Princess Margret Hospital where he was said to be in a critical condition, Radio Television Hong Kong reported.

During a police briefing after the incident, Chow Ngai-kong, Divisional Commander of Sham Shui Po Division said the female officer shot the suspect because she felt her life was being threatened.

When asked if it was appropriate for the officer to open fire in a busy MTR station, Chow stressed that the officers had assessed the situation.

Chow said police are investigating why the man was carrying a paper cutter.

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