An armed man who held police at bay in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, for 16 hours while he threatened to commit suicide, surrendered on Wednesday morning.
According to police, the drama started at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man standing at the edge of the Tenryu River called out to a police officer, saying he wanted to talk to him about something. NTV reported that when the officer approached him, the man pulled out a handgun and fired it into the ground.
The man, who identified himself as Hideyuki Terada, 45, of no fixed address, crouched on the ground and threatened to kill himself if anyone approached him.
As a precaution, police asked about 100 nearby residents to stay in their homes as the standoff continued throughout the night.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Terada surrendered and was charged with illegal possession of a firearm.© Japan Today