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Police shoot knife-wielding man outside Yokohama apartment

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Police shot a 63-year-old man who attacked them with a knife outside an apartment in Yokohama on Tuesday.

Police said they received a call at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday about a suspicious man lurking in the corridor on the third floor of an apartment building in Kohoku Ward, Fuji TV reported. Four officers went to the building where they confronted the man who was brandishing a knife.

When police ordered him to drop the knife, he lunged at them, slashing one officer above his left eye. Another officer shot the man in the thigh.

Police said the man, identified as Yoshifumi Ogawa, was taken to hospital and treated for his wound which doctors said is not life-threatening.

Police said Ogawa will be charged with obstructing police officers in the line of duty and violating the firearms and sword control law.

No other details have been released as to why Ogawa was in the apartment building.

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Good to see police actually doing their job. Well done for popping the crazy idiot

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Wow, I thought these guns were not loaded !!?

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Wow, I thought these guns were not loaded !!?

Mark, I thought so too. LOL.

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Shot him in the leg, probably aiming for the body.

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The same thing happened in December where a man was shot on an apartment balcony. Japanese Police have the training and tools to deal with knife-armed perpetrators without shooting, but when in a crowded or narrow locale (where they are unable to surround him), they may feel they have no choice but to use their pistols.

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@Sal

Apart from negotiating/withdrawing what other training and tools do they have to deal with someone armed with a knife?

And I’d say when in a crowded or narrow locale I’d hope they would think very carefully before using a firearm.

In any event justified shooting. Fortunately not every shooting results in a death.

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"Police said Ogawa will be charged with obstructing police officers in the line of duty and violating the firearms and sword control law."

Attempted murder sounds more appropriate if this happened: "When police ordered him to drop the knife, he lunged at them, slashing one officer above his left eye."

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AustPaulToday  09:29 pm JST

Apart from negotiating/withdrawing what other training and tools do they have to deal with someone armed with a knife?

Karate, judo, disarming techniques with clothing and the old metal pincer things.

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Sal Afist

, but when in a crowded or narrow locale (where they are unable to surround him), they may feel they have no choice but to use their pistols.

Err what? When in an CROWDED locale they have to shoot? Meaning endangering others? Can you post some reference to that policy?

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The public should remember that knives can be just as deadly as guns. Try some practice training situations and you'll see just how quickly that knife can become deadly even if the perpetrators several Paces away

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Only 1 shot as opposed to firing all 5-6 rounds and most missing the mark? Color me shocked.

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Can we train American police in Japan? Had this been the U.S., the guy and just about everything downrange would have been full of holes before ever the guy got within 5 meters of our pants-pooping police...good on you, Keisatsu. Courage. We haven't seen much of that in our own police for years. Once in a while, just often enough to warrant a large news story advertising that, even for U.S. police, not ALL are ... Sad but refreshing story...and the old guy didn't get what he may have wanted that he would have certainly gotten in the U.S..

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Police brutality! Say his name! No justice, no peace!

roll eyes

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The public should remember that knives can be just as deadly as guns. Try some practice training situations and you'll see just how quickly that knife can become deadly even if the perpetrators several Paces away

In serious self-defense courses they teach you that you will get cut, many times, trying to take a knife out of someone's hands. The best way they illustrate this is for one partner to hold a marker and pretend it's a knife and for the other partner to try to wrestle it out of their hands. The person without the marker will end up with literally dozens on marks on them before they even succeed.

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Police said Ogawa will be charged with obstructing police officers in the line of duty and violating the firearms and sword control law.

Jeez. How about charging him with attempted murder and assaulting an officer?

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@Joe Blow In serious self-defense courses they teach you that you will get cut, many times, trying to take a knife out of someone's hands.

You may recall that the Keisatsu used to have to routinely deal with drunk people wielding SWORDS. I doubt they have forgotten their past...

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William Bjornson

You may recall that the Keisatsu used to have to routinely deal with drunk people wielding SWORDS. I doubt they have forgotten their past...

"Routinely"?? Only in the world of Hollywood. And I doubt that any current keisatsukan has been around since the Edo period.

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The mean apartment blocks of Yokohama.

Isn't Yokohama famous for its gangsters?

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