A 46-year-old police officer fired warning shots after he was hit in the head with his own baton during a brawl with three men in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, early Sunday morning. The officer was dispatched along with a 25-year-old colleague after police received a call around 5 a.m. reporting a fight between foreigners.
When they arrived, the two officers found one man crouching down on the ground and a group of about 20 men, all appearing to be foreigners, standing nearby, they said. While the younger officer went to help the fallen man, the other policeman attempted to get statements from the group. One man attempted to run, and when the officer pursued him, he found himself surrounded by three men, one of whom stole his baton and hit him on the head.
The officer fired two shots above the men's heads and the three assailants fled with the baton. The officer sustained minor head injuries.
The scuffle occurred in a neighborhood with residential properties and factories. Regarding the firing of the weapon, Suzuka Chief of Police Mamoru Kuratani said, "We believe the officer took the correct course of action given the situation."
Police believe all three men were foreign, two of whom were about 160 cm and 175 cm tall and wearing T-shirts. They are searching for the men and will pursue charges of assault and interfering with a police officer in the line of duty.© Wire reports