CHENGDU, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Fifteen pyramid selling suspects have been detained after they assaulted and wounded three police officers in southwest China's Sichuan Province, authorities said Saturday.
The attack occurred at around 7 p.m. Friday when the three police officers were trying to bust a pyramid selling ring in Lizhou District of Guangyuan City, but were attacked by its members.
The assaulters tried to snatch the policemen's batons and guns. Police officers shot and injured one attacker after firing a warning shot.
The injured suspect and three police officers are receiving treatment in hospital, according to the Lizhou district government.
A pyramid scheme is a non-sustainable business model that involves promising participants payment primarily for recruiting other people into the scheme, rather than providing any real investment or sale of products to the public. Pyramid selling is outlawed in China but still operates underground in some areas.