Legislature asks for report on gun incident at presidential residence

Taipei, The Legislature on Wednesday requested a formal report from security officers and three government agencies on an incident in which a gun allegedly was accidentally fired by a security guard within 50 meters of President Tsai Ing-wen (???) at her official residence late last year.

Kuomintang lawmaker Lu Yu-ling (???) said the incident should not be taken lightly and the legislative Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, which she co-chairs, wishes to hear a report from the relevant agencies and decide on appropriate punishment.

Members of Tsai secret service detail, the National Security Bureau, the National Police Agency and the Military Police Command, therefore, will report on the matter to the legislative committee on April 2, she said.

Confirming a local media report, the Special Service Command Center said earlier in the day that a security officer at the presidential residence was cleaning his gun last December when it accidentally went off.

At the time, President Tsai was siting less than 50 meters away but no one was injured, according to the news report.

The Special Service Command Center said in a press release that the guard was in clear breach of protocol and has since been punished and reassigned.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel