U.S. soldiers questioned over alleged hit and run in Seoul
Monday, March 04, 2013 - 01:02
Mar. 4 - U.S. soldiers are accused of threatening South Korean civilians with an air gun. Jessica Gray reports.
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A U.S. soldier arrives for questioning at a police station in Seoul on Monday following an alleged hit and run.
He is one of three accused of threatening South Korean civilians with an air gun and then fleeing when police arrived on the scene, prompting a car chase.
According to South Korean officials, the Americans came to a dead end and tried to escape by ramming one of the police cars.
South Korean officers fired a warning shot and at least three other rounds in what they say was self defence.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN POLICEMAN LIM SEONG-MOOK SAYING:
"I fired the gun because the car tried to hit me the second time after it hit me once, even though I was standing against a wall. I thought my life was in danger, so I fired the gun."
Authorities say the soldier driving the vehicle was hit in the shoulder by a bullet and is now being treated in a U.S. army hospital.
Around 30,000 American soldiers are stationed in South Korea, which is still technically at war with the North.
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