Hong Kong police said protesters were guilty of «several potentially fatal attacks» targeting officers in clashes in and around the Polytechnic University over the weekend.
Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen gave a blow-by-blow account at a press conference in Hong Kong on Monday.
The first involved a police media liaison officer being struck by an arrow, which Ka-chuen described as a «murderous... Еще act».
A group of officers were rammed by a vehicle in the second incident. «To protect themselves from death or serious injury, one of the officers fired a live round at the car,» he explained.
The stand-off at the Polytechnic University has seen some of the worst violence since unrest began over a now-withdrawn extradition bill earlier this year.
Several hundred protesters are thought to be trapped in the building. Besieging police forces — according to the chief superintendent's statement — have called for those inside to give up their weapons or face the threat of force.