Security guard shoots self to death at Taiwan presidential residence

Security guard shoots self to death at Taiwan presidential residence

The Associated Press
Thursday, October 25, 2007

TAIPEI, Taiwan: A security guard of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian shot himself to death early Friday at the presidential residence, an official said.

“One of the security guards committed suicide,” said David N.Y. Lee, Chen’s spokesman.

Lee would not confirm reports on Taiwanese TV stations that Chen was in the residence when the incident occurred.

The TV reports said that Chen was immediately notified.

The National Security Bureau, responsible for presidential security, identified the dead man as Lu Tseng-hsiang.

In a statement, it said that Lu shot himself at 8:35 a.m. (0035GMT) while he was on duty.

It attributed the suicide to personal problems.

“From a preliminary investigation, Lu shot himself because of difficulties in a relationship,” the bureau said in its statement.

Poor guy.  For a moment I thought he did it because he hated working for Chen Shuibian or because he wanted to reenact the 2004 elections in Taiwan.

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