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Policeman’s warning shot kills bystander in Foshan, in second such case in 18 months

A man who looked out his window to observe a violent street fight was killed when he was stuck by a policeman’s warning shot in Foshan, Guangdong on Wednesday night.

The unnamed victim reportedly peered out of his fifth floor flat as a confrontation between tenants and property management staff took place below. Police were called to the scene when a fight over rents at a nearby market escalated into a knife fight. A witness surnamed Shi said, “I saw that three men and one women were caught by the police, but then someone jostled the police. Afterwards, a police officer fired two shots into the air.”

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Scuffle between tenants and property management staff of a market in Foshan, Guangzhou. Photo: Weibo.

Police were unaware that a bystander had been hit until after the victim’s relatives arrived home three hours later and contacted them, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

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Scuffle between tenants and property management staff of a market in Foshan, Guangzhou. Photo: Weibo.

The victim’s brother told Guangzhou Daily that the body was covered in blood when they discovered it. The policeman who fired the shots has been suspended from work and is under investigation.

In 2015, a boy was accidentally killed by a warning shot in Foshan, the Beijing News reported.

Policeman's warning shot kills bystander in Foshan, in second such case in 18 months