A former gangster locked himself in a room in a hospital in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, and held police at bay for four hours before killing himself.
According to police, Susumi Yoshioka, 52, was a former member of a yakuza gang in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, and had been a patient at the hospital since May after injuring his leg, TBS reported.
The standoff began at around 9 a.m. Wednesday, he locked himself in a room of the clinic. Police said he had a gun which he kept in a locker in the hospital.
Yoshioka was being sought by Hyogo prefectural police on suspicion that he had been collecting "aisatsu ryo," or protection money, from a brothel. However, as officers arrived to question him, he ran from them screaming "Die," grabbed the gun from his locker and shut himself in a room on the second floor. Police said that he shot himself in the head at around 1 p.m., TBS reported.
At the time of the incident, there were approximately 60 people at the hospital including patients, doctors and nurses. However, when the commotion erupted, everyone took shelter or fled the hospital, and no one was harmed, police said.© Japan Today