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Former cop busted after standoff with police in Changhua

STAFF WRITER

A heavily armed ex-police officer accused of several robberies in Central Taiwan, was arrested in Changhua late Friday night after a standoff with police. Hua Min-hsi (華敏璽) initially resisted arrest but gave himself up after realizing that he would not be able to escape.

Local media reported yesterday that police from the Criminal Investigation Bureau (刑事局), Taihsi (台西) and Changhua police districts arrested Hua on the seventh floor of a building in Fuhsing Township (福興鄉) in Changhua County.

According to the news reports, Hua was then questioned throughout the night in an attempt to find out the whereabouts of his accomplice, Wu Chun-ching (吳俊卿).

Hau was later transferred to the Yunlin Prosecutors' Office for further questioning yesterday.

Hua has admitted to taking a hostage for ransom in Erlin Township (二林鄉) in Changhua County on Nov. 5 last year. He also admitted shooting a police officer in the chest during an exchange with the police in Yunlin county on Feb. 3 this year, and to spraying the home of Yunlin County councilor Hong Chin-nan (洪進南) with bullets on March 20 this year, reports said.

He also opened fire at the offices of Yunlin County councilor Su Wen-chang (蘇文章) on April 6 this year, and at a businessman in Wujih Township (烏日鄉) on June 20, the reports said.

Hua is also accused of being involved in a shooting incident at a video arcade in Panchiao, Taipei County, late last year in an attempt to extort NT$30 million.

Hua and his gang also are suspected of shooting and killing two people in a market in Yunlin County, the reports said.

Hua firmly denied any involvement in that incident, and his denial was initially accepted by police and prosecutors following their initial interrogation, reports said.

Hua and Wu are also under investigation for involvement in several cases of extortion in Central Taiwan that took in large sums of money, reports said.

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