Suspect in killing of 4 people, including 2 police officers, in Japan captured after standoff

TOKYO: Police said early Friday that they had arrested a suspect armed with a rifle and a knife hiding inside a downtown home Japan hours after allegedly killing four people, including two police officers.
Television station TBS showed a man with his head in his hands walking out of the house and being led into a police car. Public broadcaster NHK said police received a court order on Friday morning to formally arrest the man.
Police said they had arrested the suspect but did not release details prior to the official arrest. Public broadcaster NHK said one of the women who escaped while the suspect in hiding told police that the assailant was her son and that his father was the chairman of the city council.
Earlier, police said two police officers were shot by the suspect when they arrived at the scene after receiving an emergency call saying a woman had been stabbed. Nakano city ​​in Nagano district. Police did not comment on reports on the suspect’s identity.
A witness told NHK on Thursday that a woman fell while being chased by the suspect, then stabbed her with a knife and shot two police officers as they arrived at the scene in a patrol vehicle. .
The witness said he asked the suspect why he attacked her, to which he replied that he wanted to kill her, NHK said.
The woman and two police officers were pronounced dead at the hospital. NHK said another woman was injured and could not be rescued because she was near the suspect who was found dead.
During the standoff, television footage showed police wearing bulletproof vests and carrying shields, with an ambulance nearby. Police have cordoned off a 300 meter (330 yard) radius around the house and city officials have urged people in agricultural areas to stay at home.
Violent crime is rare in Japan. It has strict gun control laws and only a handful of gun-related crimes every year. But in recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases involving accidental subway knife attacks and arson attacks, and there are growing concerns about homemade firearms and substance. explode.


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