Investigators are now looking into the death of a Hong Kong police officer who reportedly shot himself in the North Point police station.
Chief Inspector Andrew Philips, 50, was found in his office around 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday with a single bullet wound to his head. Philips had served in Hong Kong for 27 years and was described as “experienced and well liked”.
Initial investigations have so far indicated suicide, according to Senior Superintendent Ip Chi-keung. A gun and a short note were found next to Philips, but the note contained no information about why he might have killed himself.
Initial reports apparently said that Philips had been found with two bullet wounds to the head, although this has been altered.
The police had no known financial or health problems, SCMP said. He left behind a son and a daughter, aged 15 and 13, respectively.
Ip said that Phillips had not been part of police operations involved with Occupy Central, the pro-democracy movement currently unfolding in the city.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to pull [Philips’ death] together with Occupy Central,” he said. “We just lost a colleague here.”
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