CHONGQING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- A local citizen in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality was rewarded 600,000 yuan (over 94,000 U.S. dollars) on Tuesday for reporting to police a vital clue which led to the gunning down of a fugitive gunman.
The individual, whose identity has not been revealed, was given 500,000 yuan by Chongqing Municipal Public Security Bureau and 100,000 yuan by the Ministry of Public Security.
Police forces around China have been busy hunting gunman Zhou Kehua, accused by authorities of having killed 10 people in the past eight years.
Zhou, 42, was gunned down early on Tuesday morning by two plainclothes officers who besieged him at an alley in Tongjiaqiao village, Shapingba district of Chongqing, where he was believed to be hiding. Zhou first fired at police.
The suspected killer became infamous for robbing people withdrawing money from banks in Jiangsu, Hunan and Chongqing, and repeatedly escaping from police manhunts since 2004, arousing panic among citizens.
The "Class-A" suspect wanted by the Ministry of Public Security is thought to have shot dead a Chongqing police officer who was trying to stop and question him last Friday.
The total bounty placed on Zhou, offered by police authorities of the the provinces of Jiangsu and Hunan as well as Chongqing Municipality, hit 5.4 million yuan before his death, according to media reports.
Chongqing municipality's police authority had distributed more than 1.86 million posters ordering his arrest in the city, and used TV broadcasts and the Internet to publicize warnings and encourage the public to report clues since Aug. 10.
More than 40,000 taxi and bus drivers and other local residents had been mobilized to search for possible clues of Zhou's whereabouts. Local police later received more than 700 reports from residents.
Huang Wei, deputy director of Chongqing Municipal Public Security Bureau, told journalists that the police especially appreciated the support of the general public in the manhunt.
Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said on Tuesday that the success of the operation could not have been achieved without the people's support.