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Kaohsiung prison hostage takers committed suicide: Henry Lee

Kaohsiung prison hostage takers committed suicide: Henry Lee

Kaohsiung, March 20 (CNA) U.S. forensic scientist Henry Lee (???) said on Friday that all six inmates involved in a hostage taking standoff at a Kaohsiung prison last month took their own lives. After examining the casings and rifling characteristics of the shells collected at the scene, none were found to be from the handgun (No. 109) handed over by the prison warden, Lee said. Lee made the statement at a press conference held by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office on Friday. The Kaohsiung hostage crisis began on Feb. 11 when six inmates at Kaohsiung Prison overcame guards and prison officials as they seized rifles and handguns in a breakout attempt. The siege ended early the following morning when the prisoners committed suicide after police surrounded the compound. The hostages were unharmed. An investigation into what happened is ongoing and several questions remain unanswered, including how and why the inmates took their own lives. The warden, deputy warden and head guard, who were all held hostage, were reprimanded for lapses in prison security. Lee, who was born in China and educated and served as a police officer in Taiwan before moving to the U.S. in 1964, gave a lecture on bloodstain pattern analysis to Kaohsiung police officers on Friday. (By Chen Ja-fo and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-06-16 09:27 GMT+08:00