Police in Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 58-year-old Brazilian man after he grabbed a policeman's firearm and shot him.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Yasuo Lauro Tsuda, was charged with attempted murder. NTV quoted police as saying that they had received a report saying that a man without a shirt was running about wildly on the street at around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
When two police officers approached Tsuda, who was wielding a wooden stick, to question him, Tsuda snatched the sidearm from one of them and fired it twice. One bullet hit the officer in the right arm.
An Aichi prefectural police spokesman said the police will strive to strengthen measures to prevent such incidents from occurring again.
Friends and acquaintances told reporters that Tsuda was an ordinary kind-hearted man, but that after he got sick recently, he changed, NTV reported.
Police said that before the shooting incident, Tsuda had beat a 40-year-old woman with a stick.© Japan Today