China's 'most dangerous man' shot dead by police in Chongqing
Chongqing, Aug. 14 (Xinhua-ANI): A fugitive gunman who allegedly killed nine people was shot dead by police in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality Tuesday morning, allowing the country let out a collective sigh of relief.
Zhou was killed by police at Wosungou in Tongjiaqiao Village, Qinjiagang Township, Shapingba District, Chongqing, at 6:50 a.m., according to police officers with the Chongqing Municipal Public Security Bureau.
Police said that Zhou's DNA information, provided by police in Jiangsu Province, and his physical description, provided by police in Changsha, Hunan Province, laid a "solid foundation" for the operation.
Zhou, 42, had been found in the two provinces in the past, but fled. Crews of criminal experts from Hunan and Jiangsu arrived in Chongqing to assist in the ongoing hunt.
Police also confirmed that the Chongqing Municipal Public Security Bureau was praised and honored by China's Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu immediately after the operation.
Pictures released by Chongqing police showed Zhou in a blue T-shirt and a pair of suit pants lying in a pool of blood with at least one visible bullet hole in his head and a mobile phone, a pair of sunglasses and a small handbag near his body.
The pistol that Zhou used in the robberies can also be seen in the photos.
Crowds of local residents once gripped by the terror created by the alleged serial killer, were seen standing along nearby streets, watching a police vehicle carrying Zhou's body leave the scene.
The alleged killer, described as "ruthless and highly dangerous" by China's authorities, became infamous for robbing people withdrawing money from banks and repeatedly dodging police manhunts.
Officials said the "Class-A" wanted suspect by China's Ministry of Public Security shot nine people dead and injured five others over the past eight years. The latest victim was a Chongqing police officer who was trying to stop and question Zhou before he was shot over the weekend.
The bounty placed on Zhou hit 5.4 million yuan (850,393 U.S. dollars) before his death, according to media reports.
The killing was a great relief not only for China's public security authorities, but also the common people.
Bloggers on China's Twitter-style microblogging website Sina Weibo expressed their joy and great sense of relief, saying Chongqing police "have done a great job."
"Finally, we are not afraid of going to the bank!" wrote blogger "Youmuminyoji" in Chongqing.
In a country where the private possession of firearms is banned, crimes involving firearms, though rare, often trigger a sensation.
Minutes after police killed the gunman, Zhou's name again appeared as a buzz word in Chinese media, with stories of how the life of a "smart rural kid who liked reading detective stories" ended with him as an armed robber and a killer flooded cyberspace. (Xinhua-ANI)
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