Sickle-wielding man fatally shot in Kaohsiung by police

Two police officers fatally shot a man on Friday after he attacked his nephew with a sickle in an apparent estate dispute in Kaohsiung.

The Kaohsiung City Police Department's Gangshan Precinct dispatched two officers at around 8 p.m. after receiving word that an altercation had broken out at a residential building on the city's Daliao 4th Road.

The two officers arrived at the scene and found that a man surnamed Tsai (?), 64, was visibly aggravated and was approaching his 43-year-old nephew with a sickle in his hand.

The officers ordered Tsai to drop his sickle, but he refused to comply and tried to attack his nephew again, prompting the officers to fire 15 rounds at his lower body.

One of the bullets hit his abdomen, one hit his armpit, and three hit his legs.

Tsai died after being rushed to the E-Da Hospital where he underwent emergency treatment.

His nephew was not in life-threatening danger while the officers were not injured.

The police launched an investigation into the incident and found that the altercation apparently stemmed from an estate dispute.

Witnesses said that Tsai had been aiming at his nephew's head.

After reviewing footage taken by the officers' body cameras, the precinct said that the officers had used their firearms appropriately to rescue a civilian from immediate life-threatening danger.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel