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Japan: Murder suspect holed up in apartment after standoff with police

world Updated: Aug 31, 2016 13:01 IST
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Yasuhide Mizobata, a murder suspect, holding guns sits on scaffoldings as he holed up at an apartment in a standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped, in Wakayama, central Japan. (AP Photo)

A suspect in a rare fatal shooting in Japan was holed up at an apartment in an armed standoff on Wednesday after he fired at a police car and escaped.

Wakayama Police in western Japan said that Yasuhide Mizobata is wanted as a prime suspect in the shooting on Monday at a small construction company, where he allegedly killed one employee and injured three others, including one who was unconscious.

Mizobata, 45, had been at large since Tuesday night when police spotted him near the murder site and almost caught him, police said. He fired four shots at the police car, shattering its windows and escaped. Nobody was injured in the shooting.

Mizobata was seen carrying a handgun in each hand while pacing on an apartment balcony. He isn’t believed to be holding any hostage.

All residents were safely evacuated by police, according to media reports.

Television footage showed the hours-long standoff, with riot police wearing bullet proof vests and helmets standing by downstairs, while police tried to persuade him to surrender.

Gun crimes are rare in Japan. National Police Agency statistics show there have been fewer than 10 shooting deaths annually in Japan in recent years, a number that dropped to just one case in 2015.