Hong Kong‘s police force said that shooting an 18-year-old student demonstrator in the chest was “reasonable and lawful,” after a violent confrontation with protesters.
“The police officers had given warnings but to no avail. The police officers’ lives were seriously endangered and were forced to use a firearm to stop the violent attacks,” he said at a press conference. “The approach was reasonable and lawful.”
In footage of the incident posted to social media, Tsang is seen striking the officer with a pole just before the officer fires.
The video then shows Tsang on the ground calling out: “My chest is in pain, take me to the hospital!
The paper also reported that Tsang was in stable condition as of Wednesday, and cited medical sources saying “there is a good chance he will survive.”
The incident happened on a symbolic day in China.
Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of China‘s communist party, with Beijing holding a grandiose military parade to mark the occasion in Tiananmen Square.
On Wednesday, classmates of Tsang at his school, the Tseun Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, boycotted classes and staged a vigil outside.
Commissioner Lo said late Tuesday that officers had arrested Tsang, but did not say if they had laid charges against him.