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Singapore Police Kill Man Near U.S. Defense Secretary's Hotel

There was no danger to Ash Carter or other delegates to a security summit, officials said. Police opened fire after the car sped through a checkpoint.
Image: Shangri-La Dialogue 14th Asian Security Summit
Special Operations Command personnel stand guard at a school along Andersen Road, which leads to the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, 31 May 2015, where the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) 14th Asia Security Summit is currently taking place. The road has been blocked off to assist authorities with investigations following an incident earlier in the day which left a man dead and two other suspects detained after failing to stop their vehicle at one of the checkpoints. WALLACE WOON / EPA

SINGAPORE — Singapore police shot and killed one person and detained two others early in the morning after the car they were traveling in crashed past police barricades near a hotel where U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was staying.

Police said the incident happened in the vicinity of the Shangri-La Hotel where a three-day meeting of top defense officials is taking place. Carter was in the hotel at the time, conference organizers said, but was in no danger and neither were any other delegates.

U.S. officials traveling with the secretary said they were unaware of the incident until hearing news reports several hours later.

Carter and his delegation left later in the morning for Vietnam.

The police said the car was stopped at a checkpoint but when the driver was asked to open the rear of the vehicle for checks, he accelerated away, crashing through barriers.

The police said they opened fire on the vehicle and it came to a stop on a road adjacent to the hotel. Substances believed to be drugs were found on one of the persons detained, the police department said in a statement on its Facebook page.