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Watch: Shootout at Taiwan airport; 1 dead, 2 injured

A confrontation outside an airport in Taiwan quickly turned into a shootout after a policeman's gun fell onto the ground.

The incident happened at around 2.40pm on Monday (Jan 19) near Chinchuankang airport.

Chang Kun Min was taking his 10-year-old daughter to the airport on a motorcycle when a confrontation with a policeman took place.

There are conflicting reports about who initiated the confrontation, which was over someone not wearing a helmet.

Punched the officer

Chang punched the policeman on the nose, reported AFP. The policeman then tried to pull out his handgun to defend himself.

The weapon fell to the ground, however, and Chang grabbed it.

The man then opened fire on two other policemen who were apparently coming to the rescue of their colleague.

The ensuing shootout was filmed by a traveller in the terminal and broadcast on a local television channel.

Four bullet wounds

Chang was shot, and sent to a nearby hospital. He was later pronounced dead, while the policeman who had lost his weapon and a female passerby were wounded.

According to Epoch Times, Chang had four bullet wounds - one in the chest, one in the upper abdomen, one in the lower back and one in the hip.

CNA Taiwan reported that 26 shell casings were found at the scene. Chang is believed to have fired 12 shots, while the officers are believed to have fired 14 shots in total.

There are conflicting reports putting Chang's age at 45 and 54.

Chang’s daughter, who was unharmed, told police her father had a history of mental illness, reported AFP.

Police said investigations are ongoing.

Sources: AFP, Epoch Times, CNA Taiwan

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