A 52-year-old male customs officer has died from a gunshot wound at the Hong Kong International Airport in a suspected case of suicide, according to local media.

A gunshot was heard at a Customs officers’ changing room at around 1pm, Ming Pao reports.

The changing room was located at a Cathay Pacific air cargo terminal on Chun Wan Road North, according to the RTHK. The man was declared dead on the scene when paramedics arrived.

He was found with a gunshot wound on the left side of his head, reported Ming Pao and Apple Daily. A gun was found next to his body.

Police investigating.

According to RTHK and Ming Pao, the man entered the police force in 1997.

The police are investigating the cause of the incident. The Customs and Excise Department has told RTHK that it will cooperate with the police investigation and provide help to colleagues and family members affected by the incident.

HKFP has contacted police for further comment.

If you are experiencing negative feelings, please call the Samaritans, a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline, on 2896 0000.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.