A police officer in Osaka Prefecture was found stabbed in front of a police box in the city of Suita early Sunday morning. Police say the officer's gun, loaded with several bullets, was stolen. Police are searching for the attacker and are calling on people in the area to stay indoors and lock up the house.
The 26-year-old officer is in serious condition in hospital.
Another police officer found the stabbed colleague with a knife in his left chest at the Senriyama police box at about 5:30 a.m.
Police say there is information that the attacker was a man around his 30s and between 170 and 180 centimeters tall, and that he was wearing a dark jumper jacket.
They are investigating the case as a robbery and attempted murder.