Hostage-taking suspect held after doctor attacked and nurse shot in Japan
Police confirm 50-70 year old male in custody following attack in Fujimino, near Tokyo.
According to news published on Friday, a Japanese man has been detained for the attempted murder of a doctor whom he allegedly held captive overnight.
According to public broadcaster NHK, the suspect is also accused of shooting a nurse, who was critically injured, while he was holding the doctor, who is believed to have died as a result of the incident.
According to the report, the 44-year-old doctor was in cardiorespiratory arrest — a term commonly used in Japan before a death is officially declared — when he was transported to the hospital.
According to NHK and other Japanese media, the doctor was paying a visit to the suspect’s home with a nurse and a career, among other things.
When contacted, police declined to confirm the arrest, stating only that the suspect was a guy between the ages of 50 and 70 years old.
The man is said to have held the doctor hostage with a gun in Fuji Mino, a city near Tokyo, on Thursday night, according to reports.
According to accounts, the nurse, who was in his 40s, was aware and was being treated in a hospital.
According to accounts, police had been speaking with the shooter on the phone throughout the night in an attempt to persuade him to release the captive.
In Japan, where the possession of weapons is rigorously regulated, gun crime is extremely uncommon.