TAIPEI, Taiwan - National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) Professor Chen Chien-hao was transferred to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office (KDPO) yesterday for allegedly shooting an arrow at a fisherman surnamed Hsiao on Friday.
Police speculated that Chen might be charged with attempted murder. According to investigations conducted by the Kaohsiung Harbor Police Department, while Hsiao was fishing on a boat at a fishing district near the city's second port, Chen shot three arrows at him, with one of them striking his left shoulder.
Police said that Chen's indignation over Hsiao's fishing impinging on his angling drove him to the attack. According to police, one compound bow and 21 long wooden arrows were seized by police after Hsiao reported the incident on Monday.
According to police, Chen confessed that he shot arrows at another fisherman surnamed Kuo from 75 meters away in mid-September, but none of the arrows hit. His recent attack on Hsiao was from a shorter distance of more than 20 meters.
Chen, an assistant professor teaching in the Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, was awarded a gold medal at the 2014 Vinalies Internationales wine competition in Paris this March for red wine he produced in Taichung, earning himself the honour of being called the "Pride of Taiwan."
Local media reported that students and faculty members expressed their surprise at Chen's shooting arrows at fishermen out of irritation. Chen said in a press release that he is remorseful and depressed about the incident, adding that he did not mean to hurt the fisherman.
Chen offers classes such as Red Wine Study, Red Wine Culture and French Cuisine at NKUHT. He has taken time off work to cooperate with the legal process, according to a spokesperson from NKUHT.