Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun, the New Territories Photo: Google Maps

A Hong Kong police officer discharged his weapon three times at a driver who was allegedly trying to run him over in Tuen Mun, the New Territories on Sunday. One of the shots hit the suspect in the arm.

At 2:30 am, a 47-year-old police officer surnamed Ng noticed a suspicious black Mercedes Benz driving along Tuen Mun Road heading towards Yuen Long, Ta Kung Pao reported.

Ng tried to intercept the Mercedes, but the driver ignored him and drove off at high speed, according to Chan Yi-ping, superintendent of crime (operations) in New Territories North Police Headquarters said in a press briefing.

Ng chased after the vehicle which he later found stopped at the entrance of a car park in Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun.

Ng issued a verbal warning and pulled his gun while waiting for the car to come back. However, Ng then accidentally tripped and fell in front of the car. The driver, meanwhile, accelerated towards Ng, who managed to roll out of the way to avoid being hit.

After the driver ignored several verbal warnings, Ng reportedly fired three shots at the car, one of which hit the driver’s left arm.

The injured driver drove through the carpark barrier and attempted to flee but was later intercepted by other police officers on Yau Oi Road. He was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment, Apple Daily reported.

The suspect, said to be a 24-year-old Frenchman who is a Hong Kong ID cardholder, was arrested for dangerous driving, driving without a valid license, driving without third party insurance, and criminal damage.

It is understood that he is also a suspect in a drugs possession case.

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