Increasing violence happened on Friday night, 4 October 2019. After blocking public roads, vandalizing MTR stations and Pro-Beijing business spots, some furious protesters also assaulted ‘plain-clothed’ police officers in Yuen Long district which lead to the second injured protester.
According to AppleDaily report, it was all started when the officer suspected of having bumped into a person, and was surrounded by protesters. The video shows the police officer did nothing until a black-clad protester attacked him from behind and the other started to beat him up. The white-shirt officer use his phone to call for help saying: “I’ve been beaten, come help me!”.
Feeling cornered, he then took out a gun and shot a 14-year-old protester in the thigh. The video, taken after he shot a fire, showed angry protesters throwing petrol bombs at the man. The petrol bombs ignited a fire near the vehicle and caught him on the left waist. The man then fled the scene, and dropped his gun on the ground. It appears that he also had blood on his head. While waiting for reinforcements, another petrol bomb was thrown at the officer and his feet were on fire.
After midnight, the Hong Kong police released a statement confirming that the officer was a plainclothes police, adding that he “fired one shot in self-defense” because he faced “serious threat to his life.” “Police warn the rioters to stop all illegal acts immediately and will deploy appropriate force to disperse and arrest rioters.” The statement said.
Meanwhile, the 14-year-old protester suffering leg injuries, was sent to Tuen Mun hospital and transferred to Pok Oi Hospital for medical treatment. He’s reported to be in a serious condition. A bullet was found at the scene.
The police have appealed to members of the public to return any bullets or bullet casings they find, saying it’s an offence for any person to possess ammunition without a licence.