A 16-year-old boy was found dead in his room on Thursday, and his father's police-issued pistol was found at his side, police said Friday.
Police said the boy, a first year high school student, had been absent from school since Monday and had locked himself in his room since Wednesday morning. He had tied a cord around the door knob to his room in the Shinjo home he lived in with his parents and younger brother, which he returned to on weekends while living in a high school dormitory during the week.
The home also served as a police sub-station, and the boy's father, a 55-year-old sergeant, found the boy dead on his bed on Thursday at about 4.30 p.m. with a gunshot wound to his head, and the father's service revolver by his side. The boy had left a note on a table beside the bed which said that he didn't want to live anymore.
In accordance with police regulations, the pistol was supposed to be kept in locked storage in the police sub-station, but the boy's father put the gun in a locker in the living room on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. as he was not able to access the usual storage location which involved passing through his son's room.
Police said the boy knew where his father kept the key to the locker in the living room, and is believed to have switched the pistol for a replica some time later in the day. Police added the boy's father didn't notice the pistol he was carrying on Thursday was the replica, until he discovered his son dead in his bedroom.© News reports