MPD Riot Squad Officer Dies in Apparent Suicide in Prime Minister’s Office Restroom

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The Prime Minister’s Office in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

A Metropolitan Police Department officer has died in an apparent suicide after being found bleeding on the floor of a restroom stall on the first floor of the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo early Friday morning.

The officer,25, a member of the MPD’s riot squad, is believed to have committed suicide using his department-issued service revolver at about 4:40 a.m. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to a senior officer at the Kojimachi Police Station, a colleague was in the restroom of the building in Chiyoda Ward at the time and said he heard a shot fired.

He checked on the officer in the stall and found him bleeding on the floor. The gun was found near the collapsed officer.