Around 4:30 in the early morning, about 12 hours after the incident, the quiet surroundings began to echo with the sound of dogs barking. A few minutes later, a lone man emerged from a house surrounded by six to seven police officers.
At 4:37 a.m. on May 26, a man who had been holed up in a house in Nakano City, Nagano Prefecture, was taken into custody. Aoki Masanori, 31, the eldest son of the Nakano city council president, was arrested in the incident that left four people dead, including two police officers who rushed to the scene.
Aoki stabbed a woman who lived nearby with a knife he was carrying, and then killed two police officers, a lieutenant and a sergeant, who arrived at the scene on a report, with a hunting rifle he was carrying. He then returned to his home with the hunting rifle in his possession and holed up.
The suspect’s mother and aunt, who were home by yesterday evening, ran away, so the suspect is believed to have been alone in his home.
It was 4:30 in the early morning, about 12 hours after he had holed up. The photographer of this magazine captured a picture of a man in light blue clothing being surrounded by police officers in protective gear and moving away.
The 300-meter radius area from the scene was off-limits because of the danger of the perpetrator firing from his house, and nearby residents had evacuated to the gymnasium of a nearby junior high school. Since yesterday evening, there were announcements going off around the area asking people not to go outside, and it was a bizarre atmosphere. There is an eyewitness account that a man who was taken into custody was petting a dog in the yard before his arrest.
After that, the scene was noisy for a while as a police vehicle carried away a stretcher that the victim was believed to be on.
A horrific incident occurred in a peaceful countryside town. The details of the incident are still awaited.
Photo by： Junpei Kota