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Man arrested for injuring police officer with machete in interrogation room

A 45-year-old unemployed man who was arrested for threatening to kill his father attacked a 47-year-old police officer with machete while he was being held for questioning in an interrogation room at a police station in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday while the officer was questioning Shinichi Mizuo, Fuji TV reported. Earlier Sunday, Mizuo was arrested after he threatened to kill his father with a knife, a charge with he denied.
Following his arrest, Mizuo was taken into the interrogation room to have his personal belongings checked, which included a case containing a machete with a 12-centimeter blade. After the police officer arranged Mizuo’s possessions on a desk, Mizuo asked if he could go to the restroom. The officer briefly turned his back to the suspect, and was hit on the head by the hatchet.
Mizuo was subdued by other police and also been charged with assault and obstructing an officer in the line of duty.
Police said the officer suffered multiple cuts, but his injuries are not life-threatening.


© Japan Today
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