Vietnam police shot a drug suspect dead during a chase earlier this week. Investigators said the officers' lives were in danger.
Major Ngo Thanh Binh said the alleged traffickers did not follow orders and that the suspects tried to run the cops over.
"They deliberately opposed the officers, driving right at them," said Binh.
The raid occured Wednesday morning, when the Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam Customs and Hanoi police seized 6.6 kilograms of heroin, 1,000 ectasy tablets and one kilogram of methaphetamin.
Four local men were arrested, while the 25-year-old wife of one of them, Do Huy Hoang, 38, died on the way to hospital after being shot. The gang was travelling in two cars and all the drugs were found on Hoang's.
According to Binh, the group is an important link to a larger heroin ring that the ministry and local police have failed to stop despite many efforts. They said the ring had been hard to foil because the members were always high on meth, armed with guns and "very reckless."
He said 40 officers joined in the latest raid and that the shots that killed the woman, Le Minh Hue, had been aimed at shooting the cars' tires out.
The officers were tipped off to wait for the group at a road far from residential areas in the neighboring Hoa Binh Province.
Binh said the gang was driving at more than 70 kmp and crashed through a road block set up by police.
Five out of seven cars brought by the officers were damaged.
It was when the suspects continued to flee that they were shot at.
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