Rejection of theft confession sparked cop-killing: suspect

Kyodo

A 36-year-old man who fatally stabbed a police officer inside a police station last month has said he was offended because police would not take him seriously after he turned himself in for stealing a bicycle, according to police sources.

The Toyama District Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday indicted the unemployed man, Masashi Kato, on a charge of murder.

On the night of Sept. 15, Kato turned up at the Kurobe Police Station in Toyama Prefecture telling an officer that he had stolen a bicycle.

The officer who interviewed him found Kato behaving inconsistently and asked him to rest inside the station.

The next morning, Kato allegedly stole two knives from the station’s kitchen and stabbed Sgt. Makoto Terada, 52, in a corridor when he tried to stop him. Terada died of shock Sept. 18.

“I went to the police station because I wanted to go to prison, and I was mad because they would not arrest me,” Kato allegedly told police investigators.

He reportedly said he became scared after stabbing the officer and fled. He stole a car and was arrested on the afternoon of Sept. 16 in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture.