Police in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, said Wednesday that a police officer fired his gun at a suspect in the armed robbery of a convenience store.
According to police, the incident occurred just after 4 a.m. Tuesday. TV Asahi quoted police as saying that the suspect, identified as Kenichi Toyama, 36, entered the convenience store in Minamimachi, threatened the store clerk with a knife and demanded cash from the register. However, the store clerk cried out and Toyama quickly fled, surveillance camera footage showed.
Police said that Toyama was spotted by two police officers. When they approached him, he attempted to stab one of the officers. Police said that as Toyama ran away, one of the officers fired at him, hitting him in the right leg, TV Asahi reported.
Warabi police have been on high alert as there have been four armed robberies of convenience stores in the area since March.
The officer who discharged his weapon was quoted as saying, "I believe I acted in a professional manner for the sake of public safety."© Japan Today