Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday that a police officer in Yokohama discharged his weapon at a suspect who attempted to run away after trying to steal the keys of his police bike.
The incident occurred at around 1 p.m. on Thursday. TV Asahi quoted police as saying that the 42-year-old police officer on his scooter pulled over a man driving a minivan for violating traffic regulations. According to police, the driver of the vehicle suddenly lashed out from his car window and struck the officer, and then attempted to snatch the keys to his patrol bike.
The officer said he pulled back, drew his weapon and fired a warning shot into the air. The assailant suddenly lurched forward in his vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene, prompting the officer to fire his weapon at the vehicle.
Police said the driver was apprehended about 600 meters away from where the confrontation had taken place. The suspect was charged with interference of police duties and for assaulting an officer.© Japan Today