Suspect arrested after 4 killed in stabbing, shooting in central Japan

TOKYO, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Four deaths were confirmed Friday following a stabbing and shooting incident on Thursday involving a man armed with a hunting rifle in Japan's central prefecture of Nagano, local media reported.

Four people, including two police officers, were killed in an attack on Thursday in Nakano, Japan's Nagano prefecture. (Photo: AP)

The male suspect, who was confirmed to be the son of the local assembly speaker, was taken in custody by the police on Friday morning on suspicion of murder, according to local police.

At around 4:25 p.m. local time (0725 GMT) Thursday, local police received an emergency call about the man stabbing a woman in the city of Nakano. The police officers who rushed to the scene were shot, according to local police, who later confirmed the three dead.

After fleeing the scene, the male suspect holed up in the local assembly speaker's residence, where multiple gunshots were heard at night, according to local media outlets.

Local police on Friday morning also confirmed the death of an elderly woman at the scene. She was reported to sustain injuries, but her conditions were uncertain as she was in proximity to the scene to be evacuated on Thursday.