'China's Most Dangerous Man' Shot Dead

Police tracked him down using bogus manhunt

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2012 4:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police in China managed to track down one of the country's most-wanted killers with the help of a huge manhunt in the wrong place. Zhou Kehua, who is believed to have killed at least nine people in a string of robberies going back to 2004, was gunned down in Chongqing after exchanging fire with undercover cops, according to state media. He killed a woman during a robbery on Friday and is believed to have killed a railway policeman the same day.

Zhou—described as "ruthless and highly dangerous" by police—had eluded manhunts before but authorities say they managed to lure him into the open by staging a huge search elsewhere, reports the Wall Street Journal. More than 10,000 police and soldiers were sent to comb a mountainous area outside the city where Zhou was known to hide out, but authorities were aware that the fugitive was still in Chongqing.

Zhou Kehua had been at the top of China's most-wanted list for years.
Zhou Kehua had been at the top of China's most-wanted list for years.   (Weibo)
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