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    Jan 20, 2015

    Man killed in shoot-out near Taiwan airport


    A SHOOT-OUT outside an airport in central Taiwan - apparently sparked by a man who punched a policeman - left one person dead and two others wounded, the police said.

    The rare exchange of gunfire occurred at around 2.40pm Singapore time, as a man was taking his 10-year-old daughter to Chinchuankang airport. But the motorcyclist was stopped by the police because his child was not wearing a helmet, the South China Morning Post reported.

    The 45-year-old man, identified only by his surname Chang, punched the policeman on the nose, leading the officer to try to pull out his handgun in order to defend himself.

    But the weapon fell to the ground and Chang grabbed it, opening fire on two other policemen who were apparently coming to the aid of their colleague.

    The ensuing shoot-out was captured on video by a traveller in the terminal and broadcast on a local television channel.

    Chang was taken to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead, while the policeman who had lost his weapon and a woman were wounded.

    Chang's daughter, who told the police that her father had a history of mental illness, was unharmed. The police said the incident was under investigation.