Distressed Hongkonger arrested over trying to snatch officer’s gun ‘in suicide attempt’
A 37-year-old Hong Kong man has been arrested after allegedly trying to snatch a police officer’s service revolver at a public hospital to take his own life, following a traffic accident that left his wife seriously injured.

The alleged attack on the traffic policeman took place after the man visited his wife, 38, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei at around 7.30pm on Tuesday.

A source familiar with the case said on Wednesday two officers from the Kowloon West traffic unit were about to leave the ward at the time.

“The suspect suddenly launched an attack from behind, trying to seize one of the officers’ holstered handguns,” the insider said.

“The other policeman saw this and immediately intervened, subduing the man.”

He said the firearm remained secure in its holster throughout the altercation and the officer suffered hand injuries.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and attempting to snatch his weapon.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. Photo: Sun Yeung

On Sunday, the man and his wife were riding a motorcycle when they collided with a car on Lung Cheung Road in Wong Tai Sin.

His wife suffered leg fractures and was admitted to hospital in a serious condition. The man was treated for leg injuries.

The source said preliminary investigations suggested that due to concerns about his wife’s injuries, the man became emotionally distressed and attempted to grab the firearm because he suddenly had thoughts of self-harm.

As of Wednesday morning, the suspect was still being held for questioning. Detectives from the Yau Tsim criminal investigation unit are handling the case.

If you have suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who is, help is available. For Hong Kong, dial +852 18111 for the government-run “Mental Health Support Hotline” or +852 2896 0000 for The Samaritans and +852 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services. In the US, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

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