TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A drug crackdown in Chupei, Hsinchu County last night turned into a shootout between police and drug dealers, with one drug dealer dead, another under arrest and one police officer injured as of press time.
Tailing the group of four drug dealers - three men and one woman - in Hsinchu, the police officers from Taichung City's Wufeng Precinct opened fire when the drug dealers refused to be handcuffed.
The shoot-out happened at the intersection of Chupei City's Xin Gong Wu Road and Pao Tai Er Street, with nearby residents informing the media that they "heard 30 or so gunshots, and thought two gangs were in the midst of a furious turf war."
A police officer was shot in the hand and a drug dealer surnamed Hong was hurt in the shoot-out. They were rushed to a hospital and two other drug dealers allegedly hid from the police in a building.
A female drug dealer was arrested after the injured were sent to the hospital, and the police sealed off the area to continue their attempts to apprehend the remaining culprits, while ordering passers-by and residents not to venture into the roped-off area.
Hsinchu police said the hurt drug dealer showed no signs of life upon his arrival at the hospital and was pronounced dead.
The drug dealers were carrying MP5 submachine guns, according to police.