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THREE police officers have been suspended for dereliction of duty which allegedly resulted in a murder after a brawl and robbery of a resident in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

The officers failed to respond despite receiving four calls for help from the victim's family leading up to the fatal attack, yesterday's Hubei Daily reported.

Police have detained the alleged murderer, Wu Jun, 34, who lived in the same neighborhood of the victim, Li Dongfeng, the report said.

The brawl started about 11pm on Sunday when Guo Zhen, boyfriend of Li Dongfeng's daughter Li Fei, was robbed of an expensive gold necklace by a passing man as he accompanied Li Fei home in Jianghan District.

Li Dongfeng helped Guo fight to retrieve the necklace. During the fight, Li Fei called police twice for help.

Two community guards stopped the fight and grabbed Wu, saying they were taking him to a police station.

But shortly after, Wu ran back to the Lis' home and stabbed Li Dongfeng twice.

During the attack, Li Fei twice called police. Officers didn't arrive until 11:40pm, too late for Li Dongfeng.


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