A former police officer suspected of killing a woman with a sword was found dead in the victim's house in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Wednesday afternoon. TV media showed police outside the house during the standoff at Nozawa 1-chome in Setagaya.
According to police, the 86-year-old man, identified as Shigemasu Tokunaga, slashed Setsuko Kubo, 62, in the neck with a sword on the street at about 11:30 a.m. Kubo was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 1 p.m., according to Fuji TV.
Tokunaga, who lived across the street from Kubo, apparently broke into Kubo's house and refused to come out or negotiate with police. When police entered the house at 1:40 p.m., they found Tokunaga lying near the entrance, bleeding from wounds to his neck, Fuji reported. He died shortly afterwards, police said.
Local residents said that Kubo and Tokunaga had been quarreling since May. Prior to the attack, Kubo had called 110 to report that her neighbor was spraying pesticide on her, Fuji reported.© Japan Today