China police: Suspected 'bank killer' shot dead

Police carrying away the body of Zhou Kehua in Chongqing Zhou Kehua was shot dead by police in Chongqing

A suspected armed robber accused of killing at least nine people since 2004 has been shot dead by police in China's Chongqing, state-run media say.

Two policemen spotted the suspect in an alley and exchanged gunfire with him, officials said.

The man, identified as Zhou Kehua, was also accused of wounding several others in robberies, Xinhua news agency said.

On Monday, it was reported that a "massive manhunt" was under way for the 42-year-old in the south-western city.

On Friday state media said he killed a woman outside a bank and then a policeman who was pursuing him.

Police were searching for him in a mountainous area where he was thought to be hiding, China Daily newspaper said on Monday.

BBC Map

The authorities had offered a 5.4m yuan ($850,000, £542,500) reward for his capture.

Police believed that he was responsible for a string of robberies in Chongqing and Changsha, and one earlier this year in Nanjing.

The authorities described him as "ruthless and highly dangerous" and said he had become adept at dodging police.

"We have not seen this kind of cold-blooded killer in years," an unnamed police official was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Mr Zhou was born in rural Chongqing and is believed to have worked in other cities in the last 25 years, including as a porter at a railway station.

He also served time in Yunnan province for trafficking firearms.

More on This Story

More China stories

RSS

Features

  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.