Police officer commits suicide

A police officer in his 30’s who worked at the Prefectural Police Headquarters was found dead in a car in the northern region of island on January 29th. Investigators presume he committed suicide.

According to prefectural police, the officer had been questioned on suspicion of violating the Firearms Control Law.  According to persons familiar with the case, he had allegedly obtained a model gun that had been converted to a weapon of deadly force, and was suspected of violating the law. Investigators suspect he might have unofficially imported, from one or more foreign countries, gun parts that are prohibited to make or sell in Japan.

The Prefectural Police continues investigation into the incident.