Man rams car into police HQ in Shiga
Japan Today -- Jun 22
A man drove his car through the glass doors at the entrance of police headquarters in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on Friday night, then got out of his vehicle and started a fire.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Akihiro Moriguchi, 35, rammed his car into the entrance of the building at about 11 p.m. Friday. NTV reported that he then got out of the car, brandishing a bar in one hand, and poured a gasoline-type liquid on the floor. He set fire to the liquid with a lighter.

Police overpowered Moriguchi and the fire was extinguished quickly. There were no serious injuries reported.

21日夜、大津市にある滋賀県警察本部の正面玄関に車が突っ込み、運転していた男が現­行犯逮捕されました。現場にはガソリンのようなものがまかれ、床が燃えました。
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