An officer shot a driver who had allegedly tried forcing his way through a roadblock yesterday morning, in the first shots fired since Shanghai’s police started carrying guns as a way to boost security in the city.
The driver, who was believed to be part of a gang of fuel thieves, was shot in the shoulder after he reportedly tried to smash his way through a roadblock. He’s been taken to a hospital since, Shanghai Daily reports.
Two police cars had set up the roadblock on Linhai Hightway in the Fengxian district to catch thieves who used a pump to steal fuel from trucks parked at service stations.
Around 1:15 a.m., police waved down a suspicious Buick approaching the roadblock, but as one cop was about to get out of his car to speak with the driver, the Buick suddenly accelerated toward the police car, striking its door.
The armed cop, a 29-year-old officer named Wu, jumped out of his car and fired a warning shot into the air, and when the car showed no sign of stopping, he aimed at the driver through the window and fired a second shot.
More than 1,000 police officers are now armed with guns as part of a new campaign aimed at improving police response to violent crimes that began last month. Until then, Shanghai police hadn’t carried guns for 60 years.