July 13th, 2005


counterterrorists win

Remember "Evil Dragon" Chang Shun-Yun, the kidnapper and mob boss who foiled several massive sting attempts last year with military-grade firepower? (Think TV news footage of police cars virtually torn in half, and armored SWAT vans overturned and riddled with bullet holes.) Well, there was another sting in Taichung today, and they got him. Not taking any chances with subtlety, a SWAT team a hundred men strong surrounded his apartment complex, bashed in the garage door with an armored vehicle, and stormed the building. A gunfight of cinematic proportions ensued, concluding with a heavily armed but heavily wounded Chang leaping through a closed second-story window, guns blazing, in a last-ditch effort to escape. With a bullet in his chest and another in his ass, though, Chang didn't make it very far, and he is currently lying in a hospital bed in Taipei being harassed by a flock of news photographers. No one else was injured. Cut to footage of stoic SWAT officers applauding and patting each other on the back, commentary from Chang's bawling grandmother, and the obligatory "do you feel safer now that this man is off the streets" interviews with passersby.

Eight guns were found lying on the ground along Chang's attempted escape route, including M4A1 and AK-47 assault rifles, several SMGs, and two pistols. TV news footage of his apartment shows a long streak of blood from his room to the window, sprinkled with dozens and dozens of bullet casings. Found elsewhere in the apartment were a metal riot shield and a belt of frag grenades. Evidently Chang was a Counter-Strike fan. ^_^

Speaking of which, rumor has it (everything you hear on the news in Taiwan is rumor) that the police found him by identifying his henchman's username in an online game and tracerouting the IP address. How they knew he was hiding out in his henchman's house, the news didn't say.

And to think they say this kind of thing only happens in Hong Kong.
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