A man who is a suspected murderer was chased down and shot by police from Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on Tuesday after the suspect resisted arrest. The man reportedly stole a taxi but was identified by the police. After the chase had run a kilometer, the suspect crashed into another taxi. The suspect is unconscious and in critical condition at a hospital.
According to information from the police, the incident started around 3:30 a.m. in Tokyo’s Koto Ward when two MPD officers in a patrol car spotted a taxi which had earlier been reported stolen in Meguro Ward around 1 a.m. The officers gave chase and the taxi rear-ended another taxi a short distance after. The chasing officers approached the cab to apprehend the driver, seeing that the suspect was about to flee. One of the officers started to handcuff the suspect but the man being apprehended pulled out a knife and stabbed the officer multiple times. At that point, both officers drew their guns and fired three shots. The suspect suffered injuries from the gunshots and remains in a critical condition.
The MPD believes that the suspect is a 27-year-old man, son of a 63-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her apartment. The apartment in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture was then burned down on Monday night. The police said that the suspect stole the taxi in Meguro, threatened the driver at knifepoint and told him to get out of the cab. The driver of the taxi that was rear-ended by the suspect had three passengers – all of them suffering minor injuries after the collision, according to the police. The 27-year-old police officer that was stabbed by the suspect multiple times was also taken to the hospital for treatment, and the MPD says that his injuries were not life-threatening.
[via Japan Today]