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Hyogo: Man stole gun from officer ‘to commit suicide’

HYOGO (TR) – Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested a 37-year-old man who stole a pistol from an officer on a road in Itami City, a crime the suspect claims he committed to kill himself, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 11).

At around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, police received a report about a traffic accident involving a vehicle and a bicycle. A 22-year-old male officer who arrived at the scene then began questioning the rider of the bicycle, Kosuke Umegaki, a part-time worker living in Nishinomiya City.

During the discussion, Umegaki allegedly grabbed the pistol belonging to the officer without uttering a word and kicked him in the abdomen. The officer suffered light injuries in the incident, police said.

in Itami City on Wednesday night
A man stole a pistol from a police officer in Itami City on Wednesday night (Twitter)

Umegaki, who has been accused of robbery resulting in injury and interfering with the duties of a public servant, admits to the allegations. “With the gun, I wanted to commit suicide,” the suspect was quoted by police.