BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese man rammed a car into a barrier in front of the US Consulate in Shanghai and injured an armed police officer, local authorities said Friday.
Shanghai police said the man, identified as 35-year-old Liu Daojie, was placed in custody and told officials that he felt he was being chased by assassins and needed to get some attention.
Liu was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident late Thursday, and the case was still under investigation, police said on their official microblog site.
Shanghai’s government said Liu’s wife told police that he had refused to leave home for about a month over fears of being assassinated, and that a doctor had told him not to fantasise.
She told police that they had gone to get medical treatment for him in Suzhou and he left had their hotel on Thursday afternoon saying he had to do some business, the Shanghai government said in a statement.
All foreign embassies and consulates, as well as major Chinese government buildings, are guarded by armed paramilitary police.
The consulate and the US Embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to requests for comment.