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Police fire 7 shots at 2 suspicious cars in Osaka; driver held with gunshot wounds

A police car that was badly damaged after being hit by another car during a car chase is seen towed away by a wrecker in Osaka's Ikuno Ward on Sept. 12, 2018. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- Police officers fired seven shots at two cars -- one they were pursuing and another that rammed into their patrol car -- in Ikuno Ward in the western Japan city of Osaka in the predawn hours of Sept. 12, and arrested a man in the car that crashed into their vehicle on suspicion of obstruction of justice, law enforcers said.

The arrested man, who appeared to be in his 40s, suffered gunshot wounds to his right shoulder and left leg. His injuries were not life-threatening. Another man got out of the car police were pursuing and fled on foot. Investigators are searching for him on suspicion of obstruction of justice.

A shutter that was badly damaged when a police car crashed into it after being hit by another car during a car chase is seen in Osaka's Ikuno Ward on Sept. 12, 2018. (Mainichi)

According to officials at Ikuno Police Station, the officers in the patrol car spotted a suspicious silver car and started to follow it at a point about 200 meters north of the scene of the shooting.

At around 3:10 a.m., a black car that turned right at a nearby intersection drove between the silver car and the police car, and all three vehicles entered a cul-de-sac. As the black car reversed and hit the police car, a 27-year-old sergeant in the police car verbally warned the driver to stop or he would be shot at. As the driver did not listen to the warning, the officer fired his gun twice. The driver of the silver car also tried to escape by backing up, and another officer fired five shots.

Investigators inspect a scene where police officers fired shots at two vehicles during a car chase in Osaka's Ikuno Ward on Sept. 12, 2018. Image partially modified. (Mainichi)

(Japanese original by Yuta Shibayama, City News Department)

Investigators inspect a scene where police officers fired shots at two vehicles during a car chase in Osaka's Ikuno Ward on Sept. 12, 2018. (Mainichi)

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