Beijing was the scene for an bizarre crime. Chen Fuchao was threatening to jump off a bridge and had hel up traffic. Veteran Lian Jiansheng, 66, broke through the police line and went over to Chen and promptly pushed him off the bridge.
Chen, 2 million yuan ($293,200) in debt and said that he wanted to die.
Lian held out his hand as if to shake hands with Chen but then pushed him over. He was reportedly upset with the delay in traffic, stating “I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interests. They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities’ attention to their appeals.” Of course, an attempted murder does not appear to be a “violation of a public interest” or, for that matter, pushing someone off a bridge for delaying traffic as a statement against selfishness.
Chen fell on a partially inflated emergency air cushion — causing wrist and back injuries.