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Police shoot man with knife in car

Kyodo

Police shot a knife-wielding man twice in the stomach Monday while he was in his car in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture, and then subsequently arrested him.

Tadayuki Omori, 59, who was taken to a Mito hospital for treatment of serious gunshot wounds, was arrested for allegedly obstructing police and violating the firearms and swords control law.

The shooting occurred at around 7 a.m. when police were about to arrest Omori in connection with a fraud case.

Omori pulled a roughly 14-cm-long knife and waved it at police, investigators alleged. This prompted them to summon riot officers, who shot him.

Police said the two shots passed through Omori’s body and there was considerable bleeding. Two officers sustained minor hand cuts from Omori’s knife, they added.

According to investigators, officers from Hitachinaka Nishi Police Station arrived at Omori’s home at around 6:50 a.m., intending to arrest him on suspicion of purchasing a bank book in the name of another person.

Omori reportedly fled through a window and got into his car. He waved the weapon around in the car as he tried to make a getaway. The two shots that hit him were fired through an open car door, they said.

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