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Man arrested for assaulting police officer in Toyama says he wanted gun to kill himself

A male university student, who was arrested after attacking a policeman at a substation in Toyama City, has confessed that he tried to take the officer's gun so he could kill himself, an investigative source said Friday.
Local police have found a purple bicycle that might have been used by Masaki Maeda, 22, near the crime scene with a black bag in its front basket. The University of Toyama student was arrested Thursday on the spot on suspicion of attempted murder.
When Maeda visited the substation at around 3 p.m. on Thursday, he first pretended to have brought in some lost property before hitting 30-year-old police officer Hiroki Yamamoto on the head with a hammer and cutting him with a knife.
Yamamoto, who sustained minor injuries, restrained the attacker. He lives at the substation with his family but was alone at the time of the attack.
The police are still investigating Maeda's motive. Residents near the substation have said they have never seen the purple bicycle in their neighborhood.
In the same city last June, a former member of the Self-Defense Forces stabbed to death an officer in a police box, stole a handgun and shot dead a security guard at a nearby school.


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