Police in southwestern China shot dead a robbery suspect in a busy street following a dramatic confrontation on Monday afternoon.

A police officer in Chengdu, Sichuan province opened fire after the knife-wielding suspect attacked him, injuring his neck and shoulders, the Chengdu Public Security Bureau said in a statement on social media platform Weibo.

Suspect (in red shirt) lying on a road in Sichuan. Photo: Sichuan TV.

The suspect was one of three men who were accused of being involved in a car robbery case. They were surrounded by officers on the intersection of Xiaotian West Street and Xiaotian North Street at around 5:40pm on Monday, the statement read.

One of the men resisted arrest and attacked an officer, who opened fire after giving a verbal warning, police said.

Curious commuters stopped to look at the man lying on the street. Photo: Sichuan TV screencap.

In footage shot by local broadcaster Sichuan TV, the suspect was seen lying on the street when medics arrived on the scene. Just a few metres away, policemen asked onlookers to disperse.

The suspect was declared dead in a hospital. The other two men were subdued, according to police, although a Sichuan TV reporter on the scene said one suspect “ran away.” The injured officer was sent to hospital for treatment.

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Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.