On Friday, Japanese police were able to take into custody a suspect who had taken refuge inside a building after reportedly carrying out an attack with a gun and knives that resulted in the deaths of four persons, including two police officers.
According to the police, Masanori Aoki, 31, was brought into arrest at his house, which was located outside of a farm close to the city of Nakano in the Nagano area.
They also reported a fourth fatality that occurred overnight, who was a senior citizen who was found injured at the scene and was afterwards pronounced dead.
An other woman, in addition to two police officers, had their deaths attributed to the attack earlier.
According to Iwao Koyama, the chief of police for the Nagano region, Aoki was taken into custody formally and is being investigated on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of one of the police officers.
It is quite likely that he will be re-arrested at a later time in connection with the other killings. This is a procedure that enables law enforcement to continue holding a suspect for a longer period of time while investigations are ongoing.
According to Koyama, Aoki is not contesting the charge, and he said that one hundred officers are looking into the matter.
“This case was an extremely heinous act that shocked not just regional residents but society as a whole,” he said. “This case was an extremely heinous act.”
He stated that a comprehensive investigation into this matter, in which the who, what, where, when, how, and why of the matter must be determined.
In Japan, where there is a low overall murder rate and some of the strictest gun prohibitions in the world, the shooting spree that took place in a rural part of the central region was an extremely unusual occurrence.
Several of the local media outlets have stated that Aoki is the son of the person who speaks for the city assembly in Nakano, and that he lived in the house where he hid out overnight with his parents and his aunt.
“We pray for the souls of the deceased and express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” said Hirokazu Matsuno, the chief spokesman for the government, to the reporters.
“Investigations are being conducted by the police to uncover the full picture of the incident, including how the crime transpired and its historical context.”
‘Because I wanted to’ The incident began on Thursday afternoon when a local worker working on a field noticed a woman “running from the road saying, ‘help me,'” he told national network NHK. The woman was later identified as the victim of the attack.
“Behind her came a man wearing camouflage and carrying a large knife, who stabbed her in the back,” the witness, who was 72 years old, claimed. “He was carrying a large knife.”
He claimed that he dialed 911 while others in the community attempted to revive the woman who had collapsed.
Eyewitnesses have reported hearing the assailant say, “I killed her because I wanted to,” as was reported by Kyodo news.
According to reports from the local media, he then opened fire with what has been referred to as a hunting gun on authorities who had arrived at the scene.
According to NHK’s reporting, the attacker fired twice at the cops when they were seated inside of a police car when he pressed his firearm against the glass of the vehicle.
Yoshiki Tamai, 46, and Takuo Ikeuchi, 61, were recognized as the slain cops by their respective ages.
According to reports from the local media, the man then barricaded himself inside the house, where his mother and aunt were also present at the time.
He remained there for the majority of the night, and while the two women were able to go away on their own, there were sporadic gunshots heard.
The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in broad daylight with what appears to be a handmade gun in July of the previous year placed Japan in a state of shock. Prior to this event, big violent crimes were uncommon in the country.
Tetsuya Yamagami, who is suspected of trying to kill Abe, allegedly chose the politician to kill because of his connections to the Unification Church.
And one month ago, a man was taken into custody on suspicion of throwing an explosive device resembling a pipe bomb towards Prime Minister Fumio Kishida while he was campaigning in the city of Wakayama, which is located in the western part of the country.
A regional court announced last week that Kishida did not sustain any injuries, and that a guy who was apprehended at the site will be required to go through a psychiatric evaluation that will last for three months.
According to reports, the suspect has not divulged any information about why he attempted to carry out that unsuccessful attack.