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Man shot by police officer dies in Nagoya hospital

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A 47-year-old unemployed man who was shot by a police officer while resisting arrest has died in a hospital in Nagoya.

Police said the man, who died on Saturday, did not recover from his gunshot wound, Sankei Shimbun reported. The man was shot after starting a fire in a multilevel parking garage in Nishi Ward at around 10 p.m. on April 11.

When two police officers arrived, the man brandished a knife at them. One officer told the man to drop the knife but he refused and dared them to shoot him. The other officer fired a warning shot into the ground near the man’s feet but he came at them and the officer fired a second shot, hitting the man in the lower abdomen.

He was arrested on suspicion of interfering with police in the performance of their duties and taken to hospital. Subsequently, he fell into a coma and never regained consciousness, police said.

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Good shot that man. Probably saved his colleague’s and other innocent lives. The cops deserve praise in this instance, it’s a very unpleasant job but someone has to do it.

13 ( +22 / -9 )

I am not a cop, but putting a man down by the knee, if only carrying a knife sounds much more sensible to me.

-26 ( +9 / -35 )

Sounds like a pretty straightforward instance of suicide-by-cop. Pretty selfish of the him to inflict that mental anguish on the cop, not unlike what is inflicted upon train drivers when people involve them in their suicides.

If people want to end their own lives, so be it. But, they shouldn't force other people to do the dirty work for them.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Good riddance! Only if he had taken his only life instead of putting the burden on others...

16 ( +21 / -5 )

I am not a cop, but putting a man down by the knee, if only carrying a knife sounds much more sensible to me.

That's obvious.

-1 ( +13 / -14 )

Shooting should be avoided. Why not just net him?

-18 ( +6 / -24 )

What do you expect to do after you net him? Unless you intend to take him and care for him. Oh but wait you expect magic to happen...

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Knee is a small target, and difficult to hit in the heat of the moment.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

@zoroto the police fired a warning shot. that should be enough to say we mean business, but he still moved towards them with a knife. are you surgesting that the police officer has to physically tackle him to the ground? how would you deal with that situation? take into consideration hes just set fire to something in a multi story car park, and hes brandashing a knife, do you think the man is a stable mental frame of mind, can you deal with such an irrational person? its fine sitting at home making your comment, but you are not there having to deal with this situation, personaly I think the police delt with it very well. I dont know if the J police have pepper spray or tasers to immobilise people, if they do this might have been a better option.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

He should've shot straight to his head why wasting the tax-payer yen in a criminal's hospital bill.

1 ( +11 / -10 )

I am not a cop, but putting a man down by the knee, if only carrying a knife sounds much more sensible to me.

This is not a Hollywood movie where that happens, and lethal force is not needed. It is real life, shoot or be stabbed to death by a violent madman.

Good on the police officers, they took the right action 100%.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

When two police officers arrived, the man brandished a knife at them. One officer told the man to drop the knife but he refused and dared them to shoot him. The other officer fired a warning shot into the ground near the man’s feet but he came at them and the officer fired a second shot, hitting the man in the lower abdomen.

The guideline of gun use may have been changed as there have recently arisen similar cases. Imprecise shooting/immature training is to blame, and he could be charged of manslaughter, but probably walk free on the ground of self defense under eminent threat.

I suggest introducing Tasers to police force. In Japan, law enforcement weapons can be less lethal.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Oh well. He got what he was asking for I think.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Genuine question, do officers in Japan not carry stun guns/tazers? Japanese police are pretty good about not discharging their weapons but isn't there at least one more option available to them besides a lethal weapon?

2 ( +6 / -4 )

I am not a cop, but putting a man down by the knee, if only carrying a knife sounds much more sensible to me.

This situation was a "kill or be killed". Situation. You can't say how you would act unless you have been in a similar situation. Personally have been there a few times in the mexican police force. when it is my life or the other persons life..I chose to live, and will do what is needed to survive, just like the police officer did.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

The use of lethal force in this instance would be justified (alternative would be tasers but Japanese Police don’t carry these) however a warning shot would not recommended.

At the end of the day someone has lost their life and that will no doubt affect all involved.

@kyakusenbi, Police are not taught to aim for the knees, rather centre of seen mass.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I am not a cop, but putting a man down by the knee, if only carrying a knife sounds much more sensible to me.

I hate gun culture, so I'm not repeating the propaganda. This is simply the truth.

If someone is running towards you (with a knife), shooting in the knee would be extremely risky.

Rather than hit the knee, it is more likely to

A) miss the target and get stabbed.

B) miss the target and hit a bystander.

Given these possibilities the officer's actions cannot be faulted.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

An unfortunate but rare event, a cop shooting someone.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Genuine question, do officers in Japan not carry stun guns/tazers? Japanese police are pretty good about not discharging their weapons but isn't there at least one more option available to them besides a lethal weapon?

I agree on the idea, as just noted in my previous post. As of 2020 (by a report), the police seem to have introduced no Taser.

なぜ、日本の警察にはテーザー銃が配備されないのか?

https://bit.ly/3e8AWEb

For Japanese police, I suspect that they still lack enough training. Suppose the guideline was revised, so should their course of action also be updated.

Other than response to hostile situations, there are worrying cases of mishap/mishandling with regard to guns. In a recent report, one officer left his gun unattended in the public (I suppose there have been more than one incident). On the other hand, The officials have been attacked and robbed of guns; in Toyama, one officer got shot by the assaulter with his stolen handgun. I attribute them to lack of precaution.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

If somebody has already started a fire endangering many innocent people then runs at you with a knife, and you have already fired a warning shot. What's to debate? Feel for the officer. J police can be annoying pedantic at times. But very rarely use lethal force

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Using a gun should be the last resort, it is time to give police officers a stun gun and not a bullet firing gun, taking someone life should NOT be an option.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

There's no body-cam recordings in Japan right ? One sided story of events ?

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

A taser would have been non-lethal and just as effective at taking the perp down.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

He even was give the luxury of a warning shot and still chose to attack the officers.. extremely selfish suicide by cop. A knife is just as dangerous as a handgun at small distances, and police officers worldwide are trained to shoot to disable an attacker on the spot in such situations. Knee shots are extremely risky, and the obvious target is the big chest area

3 ( +4 / -1 )

A taser would have been non-lethal and just as effective at taking the perp down.

Actually, wrong. Tasers are not always effective against certain people, especially those who are psychotic, or on drugs. It would be nice if they they were, but life is not a Hollywood cop movie.

The only sure way to eliminate the threat of a crazed, deadly and charging criminal is a lead injection. Sad - yes - but thats reality.

I hope the police officers do not face any criticism.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

I don't get why he got arrested for obstruction of justice and not for arson, which is what the police was there for.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I don't get why he got arrested for obstruction of justice and not for arson, which is what the police was there for.

It may be just that it is simply easier to prove he was obstructing justice, since it is something being done while the police was there.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

He wasnt obstructing the police until they turned up and got in his way !!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Unfortunate, he was not the type who could be reformed . . . .

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Police fired deliberately into the ground in a parking garage in a city center? Amateur Night. Lucky for them it the round didn't ricochet out into the night and though some child's bedroom window.

When you unholster a firearm and discharge it at another human being, it its because you're past the point of no return and the intention is to eliminate the threat. You aim for center mass; not the ground, not the perp's "feet" or anything other than his upper torso.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Excellently said, Capt Dinglehimer. Any shot should be a last resort and carefully placed.

No need for blazing glory-idiots.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

 I dont know if the J police have pepper spray or tasers to immobilise people, if they do this might have been a better option.

I'm not sure i would recommend it. The more of that crap you give cops the more they look for reasons to use it. It goes from using them for defense. To using them for compliance. To using them for contempt.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Unfortunate for the cops to encounter a person in such a deranged frame of mind. Police have a job to do and the assailant was threatening them with bodily harm. Their actions appear to be justified assuming all of the facts have been reported accurately. Unless of course the assailant was African-American then the cops are systematically racist and reflect a history of violence against the body’s of innocent foreign peoples.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

As Japanese society becomes more and more violent, it is sad that this kind of thing will happen more often.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

As Japanese society becomes more and more violent, it is sad that this kind of thing will happen more often.

Oh really?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

A why not use a taser gun first?

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

so many comments on here make me laugh - shoot him in the leg, in the arm, taser him, throw a net on him, tickle him.

You've all Been watching too much tv.

I’m sure if any of you were in the same situation as these police officers were, you’d piss yourselves

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Unfortunate for the cops to encounter a person in such a deranged frame of mind. Police have a job to do and the assailant was threatening them with bodily harm. Their actions appear to be justified assuming all of the facts have been reported accurately. Unless of course the assailant was African-American then the cops are systematically racist and reflect a history of violence against the body’s of innocent foreign peoples.

This would be a case of #stopasianhate in America.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I believe the first bullet in Japanese police issued .38 revolvers are glazer safety tips.

A warning shot and after that only one shot with 2 cops on the scene. From that information alone you know that this news story wasn't in America.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The cop did the right things, you don't comply brandish a weapon, you don't put it down, complete justification when a cop shoots you, no problem with that.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The policemen gave a "WARNING SHOT" warnings are given for reasons. If a person want to take the risk of not adhering to a warning that was given then they must accept the consequences that follows. THE COPS did the right thing, except shooting the bullet into the ground!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I am cringing at some of the comments here talking about tazers and nets and whatnot. A knife is no joke. There is video out there (probably removed on the tube by now) showing how a crazed Brazilian knife-wielding guy kills 5 armed policemen before finally getting shot.

If I attack police with a knife, I expect getting shot, period.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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