The son of a local Japanese politician was arrested Friday in connection with a stabbing and shooting incident in Nagano Prefecture that claimed four lives.
According to the Xinhua news agency, the police identified the suspect as Masanori Aoki, the 31-year-old son of the Nakano city council chairman.
Around 4.25pm on Thursday, local police received an emergency call about a man who stabbed a woman in Nakano City.
Local police said the two officers who rushed to the scene were shot dead.
After fleeing the scene, the suspect later holed up for hours inside his father’s home in a quiet residential area of Nakano City.
On Friday morning, local police confirmed a fourth death at the scene – an elderly woman.
She was reported to have been injured, but her circumstances are uncertain as she was close to the scene to be evacuated on Thursday.
The motive for the attack remains unknown.
Gun violence remains extremely rare in Japan, despite the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July last year, reports the BBC.
Shooting multiple police officers is rare, with the last incident occurring in 1990, when gang members shot two officers in Okinawa Prefecture.
In 2014, there were only six firearm fatalities in Japan, compared to 33,599 in the United States.
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