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Villager shot dead by police amid demolition dispute

2012-09-24 02:57:41 GMT2012-09-24 10:57:41(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Zhao Wei, Sina English

A police officer shot a man dead and another injured in the leg during a demolition dispute in Panjin, Northeast China's Liaoning Province on September 21. 

An investigation team established by Panjin, Liaoning Province, determined on Saturday, Zhang Yan, the police officer who pulled the trigger, was said justified in firing the shot.

The team found that Wang Shujie, 36, who was shot dead, had resorted to violence while attempting to hinder police from performing their duties.  The police investigation said Wang poured gasoline allover himself, and threatened members of the demolition team and police officer Zhang Yan to set fire and perish together in flames.

Zhang called three other officers to the scene but Wang's family chased with them wielding axes and sickles, said the police report.   Wang Zaiyuan, Wang Shujie's father, tried to seize Zhang's pistol but was shot in the leg during the struggle. The younger Wang then set himself on fire and rushed toward Zhang the police officer who then shot and killed Wang. 

People's Daily alleged in its micro blogging sphere on Sunday that the local government had been carrying out an illegal forced demolition. No agreement on compensation had been reached with villagers and no local court had approved the demolition, the newspaper said. 

Wang Cailiang, a lawyer from the All China Lawyers Association specializing in demolition regulations, said local armed police should not have been at the site. He too doubted whether the demolition team in question had exhausted all legal procedures needed and whether it was  intimidating the villagers on the spot.

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