Holding what appeared to be a remote control, the suspect brought out four devices he claimed were explosives and threatened to set them off. Explosives experts later ruled the devices appeared to be homemade remote-controlled bombs, police said.
The man also claimed there were dozens of kilograms of extra explosives in the apartment, located in a densely populated area crowded with stores and shoppers.
Police immediately evacuated the building’s residents, nearby shop owners and passersby, and sealed off the neighborhood.
Following 16 hours of failed negotiation, police shot the man dead in the early hours of Wednesday, to “avoid causing major harm after repeated warnings were made in vain,” the police statement said.
Afterward, police found seven homemade explosive devices in the apartment following a six-hour search. The case is under further investigation, police said.
While guns are strictly controlled in China and out of reach for most ordinary people, explosives and bomb-making materials are less difficult to acquire since they are widely used in the mining and fireworks industries.
Disputes over land use, home demolition and relocation compensation are a common source of conflict between residents and local authorities in China.