WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
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This is the moment a transport cop is stabbed to death a week before his birthday after he confronted a ticketless passenger who plunges a knife inside him.
Duty officer Lee Cheng-han, 24, was radioed to the train car late on 3rd July after the passenger surnamed Cheng, 54, allegedly refused to pay for his ticket at Chiayi Station in south-western Taiwan.
Video taken inside the Tze-chiang express train carriage shows the passenger raising his voice as Lee attempts to de-escalate the situation between him and the conductor.
Pictures Credit: AsiaWire & AsiaWire / Facebook Lee Cheng-han
Stunned commuters and other nearby train staff then watch as Cheng stabs the policeman in the upper abdomen with a paring knife, leaving the cop bleeding heavily on the floor.
In the distressing footage, the screaming suspect is repeatedly punched by other people in the train car, with images showing the policeman holding his midriff and Cheng being taken away by arriving officers.
Lee, who had been with the Railway Police Bureau’s Chiayi Police Station for five years, was sent to Chia-Yi Christian Hospital for emergency treatment.
According to reports, the stabbing left him with severe blood loss and his intestines exposed.
Hospital staff said the policeman arrived OHCA – out of hospital cardiac arrest – and they were unable to revive him during surgery.
Lee reportedly suffered a 2-inch knife wound to his liver, as well as ruptures in his portal vein and inferior vena cava vein.
He was officially pronounced dead in the early hours of today (4th July) Taiwan local time.
The authorities who detained Cheng have yet to determine the suspect’s motives.
However, local media quotes Cheng as saying: “I have a plan – a plan to be found not guilty.”
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