Japanese police arrested a man on charges of stabbing a police officer and grabbing a loaded handgun on Monday, June 17th. The arrest was made in a western city near Osaka, which will play host to a summit of the G20 grouping next week, reported Reuters.
The 33-year-old suspect was arrested while lying on a bench. The stolen handgun was lying under the bench and the suspect has denied the charges, according to a local police official.
"We are taking a grave view of the incident, which caused great anxiety among residents," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
"With a G20 summit scheduled next week, we will reinforce vigilance and guard even more strictly."
A large-scale search for the suspect began on Sunday, after the stabbed officer was found lying in front of a police box in the city of Suita. As of Monday, the officer was unconscious and remained in a critical condition.
One of the bullets originally loaded into the firearm seemed to have been fired, but police have yet to receive any reports of related injuries or damage, said a police official.
Violent crime is rare in Japan but occasional high-profile incidents have shocked the nation.
Sunday's incident follows a case last month in which a knife-wielding, middle-aged man killed a girl and an adult near the capital, Tokyo. An additional 17 people were injured in the incident.