CHINA - A police officer in South China was detained on Monday on allegations of shooting and killing a pregnant woman.
The incident is the fourth case in the past two years of a police officer being accused of using an issued firearm to kill innocent people, and has reignited a debate on police abuse of guns.
Authorities say the incident happened at 10 pm in a restaurant in Guigang, in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
The suspect, identified as Hu, is alleged to have shot the restaurant's owners, Cai Shiyong and his wife, Wu, police said.
Wu, who was five months pregnant, was shot once in the stomach and once in the head, according to media reports.
Police said the officer was intoxicated and had a dispute with the victims. However, in an interview with Beijing Youth Daily, Cai denied this.
He said Hu arrived and asked if the restaurant sold milk tea. When he was told it did not, he threatened two customers with his gun and then shot the couple.
The report added the suspect was not wearing his uniform at the time, and witnesses said he was accompanied by two others who left in a white car.
Police did not confirm whether the suspect was on duty.