An alleged drug dealer resisted arrest and engaged in a shootout with police in New Taipei City (新北市) before being wounded and apprehended.
After a standoff that lasted 40 minutes, the alleged dealer, surnamed Tsai (蔡), was finally apprehended after officers from the second team of the city’s Criminal Investigation Corps investigation division shot him in the leg.
Police allege Tsai had been selling narcotics in Taipei and due to worries that he might be double-crossed, he was always
He also allegedly set up surveillance cameras at his front door, with monitors in his living room, bedroom and bathroom, to keep watch outside his hideout.
The police said that Tsai had a criminal record and had been arrested years ago for involvement in a kidnapping for ransom, adding that he also had organized-crime connections.
The deputy commander of the second team, Lin Tzu-hsiang (林子祥), led his eight-man team — armed and suited in full Kevlar — to Tsai’s hideout after receiving a tipoff.
Lin said that when they arrived at the third floor of the building where Tsai was hiding, the room was dark and the team initially thought that no one was home.
They then heard a noise inside and were about to force open the door with a crowbar when Tsai began shooting at them.
Lin said that Tsai fired about 10 shots, while officer Hsu Ching-neng (許景能) returned as many as eight shots before hitting Tsai’s left leg.
The suspect called for an ambulance, Lin said, adding that a bullet that ricocheted off the ground wounded Hsu.
Police found two guns at the scene — one rarely seen Smith & Wesson M29 left-handed revolver and a Czech-made rifle — along with about 35 bullets, Lin said, adding thatinvestigators would be looking into how Tsai came by the firearms.
Police chief Yi Yong-ren (伊永仁) paid the team a visit yesterday to commend them on their work, giving them bonuses for cracking the case and reminding police officers to be careful when on duty.