Cop shoots alleged gangster to death in Vietnam metro

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A young man was shot to death by police officers when he allegedly attempted to attack them with his gang in Ho Chi Minh City, VnExpress reported Wednesday.

The newswire quoted Mai Van Tan, chief of HCMC's social police division (PC45), as saying that a member of a special taskforce pulled the trigger in the encounter with the gang on Monday, but he didn't reveal the officer's name.

Tan said during their patrol in Thu Duc District that day, officers found a group of young men on four motorbikes carrying weapons and rocks. Officers asked the men to stop, but they refused and ran away.

Very soon after another motorbike came up with three others carrying weapons, but they also ran away upon seeing the officers, according to Tan.

On their escape, a couple of men suddenly turned back with weapons, heading toward the officers, who were chasing after them. Although one of the officers fired warning shots, the men didn't stop, the official said in the newswire.

Consequently, an officer was prompted to shoot at the men, Tan said.

Nguyen Van Tan, 22, one of the men, was shot in his left chest. He was rushed to the hospital but died from the critical injury, the official said.

"It is in accordance with laws for police officers to shoot in such encounters with gangsters carrying weapons," Tan stressed.

The case is still being investigated.

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