List of killings by law enforcement officers in China

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This is a list of killings by law enforcement officers in the People's Republic of China, including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

Date Name(s) (age) of deceased Province (city) Description
30 September 2006 Kelsang Namtso (17) Tibet (Nangpa La) Nangpa La shooting incident: Chinese border guards opened fire on a group of unarmed Tibetans attempting to flee the country via the Nangpa La pass, killing one and wounding several others.[1]
7 January 2008 Wei Wenhua (41) Hubei (Tianmen) After attempting to film chengguan clashing with local villagers over illegal dumping by the former, Wei was taken into a vehicle and beaten to death by about thirty officers.[2][3]
17 March 2009 Dil Bahadur Limbu (31) Hong Kong (Ho Man Tin) A police officer shot and killed a homeless man of Nepalese origin in self-defense after he attacked the officer with a chair.[4]
18 July 2011 multiple unnamed Xinjiang (Hotan) 2011 Hotan attack: Fourteen attackers, who killed two hostages and two security guards, were killed in a firefight with police in Hotan, Xinjiang.
1 July 2012 Mr. Ban[a] Guangdong (Shenzhen) A police officer, Li Caikun, fatally shot a man after an argument during a previous encounter at Li's police station in Longgang District, Shenzhen. Li later filed a false police report claiming that the victim was involved in a robbery. Li was sentenced to death for his crimes but it was later commuted.[5]
17 July 2013 Deng Zhengjia (56) Hunan (Linwu) Deng, a fruit vendor, was struck in the head by a chengguan officer with one of his scales' weights after a confrontation. He fell to the ground and was kicked by multiple officers while incapacitated, eventually succumbing to his injuries.[6][7]
1 November 2013 Cai Wu Guangxi (Guigang) A plain-clothed police officer opened fire on the owners of a restaurant after a minor dispute, killing one and wounding the other. The officer, who police claim was drunk at the time of the incident, was charged with the killing. The deceased was five-months pregnant at the time.[5]
18 April 2014 multiple unnamed China–Vietnam border 2014 China–Vietnam border shootout: A group of sixteen ethnic Uyghurs engaged in a shootout with Chinese and Vietnamese border officers after seizing the latter's firearms as they were being detained. Five Uyghurs and two Vietnamese border officers were killed.
5 May 2014 Ho Sai-tung Hong Kong (Lam Tin) Two police officers opened fire on a man holding a security guard at knifepoint after he was about to attack his wife and a policewoman at Hong Nga Court, in Lam Tin.[8]
12 August 2014 Tsewang Gonpo (60), Yeshe (42), Jinap Tharchin (18) and three others Sichuan (Ganzi) Police opened fire on protesters in Ganzi, wounding five, who were later taken into custody and allegedly tortured. All five succumbed to their untreated wounds. An officer was also killed by friendly fire during the incident.[9]
3 November 2014 multiple unnamed Guangdong (Guangzhou) Two knife-wielding gang members attacked police during a routine inspection of an internet café, wounding six officers and civilians. Two days later, police discovered the attackers amongst a group of six gang members wielding knives. The police gave verbal warnings to the gang members and opened fire after they refused to put down their weapons and surrender. Three were killed, and the others were taken into custody.[10]
5 November 2014 unnamed Guangdong (Guangzhou) A motorcycle taxi driver was shot and killed by police after he attempted to flee during a routine vehicle check in Yongtai New Village, Guangzhou. Motorcycle taxi services are illegal in the city.[11]
12 January 2015 multiple unnamed Xinjiang (Kashgar) Six would-be suicide bombers were shot dead by police in Kashgar before they could detonate their devices.[12]
19 July 2015 unnamed Henan (Luoyang) One construction worker was shot dead and another was injured during a protest after they attempted to attack and seize weapons from police.[13]
20 November 2015 multiple unnamed Xinjiang (Aksu) Twenty-eight alleged terrorists were shot dead by police after a 56 day manhunt. One surrendered after the confrontation. The 29-member group was blamed for an attack on a coal mine in Aksu, in which 17 people were killed and 18 injured.[14]
9 June 2016 unnamed Guangdong (Foshan) A police officer fired a warning shot while trying to resolve a dispute in Foshan; the bullet struck a man in an apartment above, killing him.[15]
25 June 2018 Wang Zhihua (45) Shandong (Yantai) A man rammed a forklift into multiple vehicles at a bus station, injuring ten. He was fatally shot by police after prior attempts to stop him failed.[16]
16 March 2019 unnamed (54) Hong Kong A knife-wielding man was shot dead by police after he slashed a shop manager.[17]
22 March 2019 Cui Lidong (44) Hubei (Zaoyang) A man drove his car into pedestrians in Zaoyang, killing six, before he was shot dead by police.[18][19]


  1. ^ Given name not released.


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  4. ^ Yeung, Ming (5 January 2010). "Inquest into fatal police shooting of Nepal man resumes". China Daily. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Haixing, Jin (1 November 2013). "Policeman detained for fatally shooting pregnant woman". China Daily USA. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  6. ^ Xiaoqing Pi, "Vendor Death Shines Light on China's Urban Enforcers", Wall Street Journal, 19 July 2013.
  7. ^ Andrew Jacobs, "Death of Watermelon Vendor Sets of Outcry in China", New York Times, 20 July 2013.
  8. ^ Lo, Clifford; Kao, Ernest (5 May 2014). "Police probe fatal shooting of 21-year-old by officers". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Pregnant Wife of Fatally Shot Tibetan Protester Commits Suicide". Radio Free Asia. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Police shoot 3 criminal gang members dead who resist arrest". China Daily. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Police officer shoots to death motorcycle taxi driver". Boxun News. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Six Dead in Police Shooting in China's Restive Xinjiang". Radio Free Asia. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  13. ^ "China police shoot man dead at construction site dispute". The Straits Times. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  14. ^ "28 terrorists shot dead in Xinjiang, reports local media". GBTIMES Beijing. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  15. ^ Ge, Celine (9 June 2016). "Chinese man killed in flat after police officer fires into the air to stop street dispute". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Man shot dead by police in China after he rams forklift into cars, injuring more than 10 people". The Straits Times. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  17. ^ Lee, Danny; Ng, Naomi (16 March 2019). "Hong Kong man shot dead by police after supermarket knife attack". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  18. ^ Fang, Nanlin (21 March 2019). "Police shoot driver dead after car rams crowd in Chinese city, killing six". CNN. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  19. ^ "6 Dead As Car Rams Crowd In China, Driver Shot Dead By Police". NDTV. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.

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