People line up outside the Toyama District Court on Thursday for a chance to get a seat for the opening session in the trial of a man accused of killing a police officer and a security guard. Photo: KYODO
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Man goes on trial for killing police officer, security guard in Toyama

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A 24-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a 46-year-old police officer in a koban (police box) and shooting to death a 68-year-old school security guard with the officer’s gun in 2018 went on trial in Toyama City on Thursday,

In the opening session of his trial at the Toyama District Court, Keita Shimazu, a former Ground Self-Defense Forces member who quit in 2017, remained silent while the indictment was read, Sankei Shimbun reported. He was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by a police officer while resisting arrest.

According to the indictment, Shimazu fatally stabbed police officer Kenichi Inaizumi on June 26, 2018, in the police box. Inaizumi was stabbed more than 12 times in the stomach and chest. Shimazu took Inaizumi’s handgun and walked to a nearby elementary school where he shot and killed Shinichi Nakamura, a security guard. He had three knives on him at the time besides the one he used to stab Inaizumi. That knife was left in the koban.

Shimazu's lawyer said that he had a growing hatred of police ever since they visited his home to investigate complaints he had been abusive toward his parents.

Prior to stabbing Inaizumi, Shimazu fought with the manager of a restaurant where he worked part time. Shimazu contacted his parents on an online messaging app and said he had hit his boss and planned to quit his job. A search of his home revealed more than a dozen toy guns and books on how to commit murder.

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Nice social distancing again in that photo.

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If that should become another spreading cluster, those spectators kill more people than the one at trial. Unbelievable...can’t they watch it remotely or wait until the outcome is in the news?

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Nice social distancing again in that photo.

This isn't a supermarket checkout line, so it's OK to stand in close proximity to other people.

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wow...

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@JCR

Nice social distancing again in that photo.

Exactly. Why can't courts do without spectators at this time? They aren't essential.

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Shimazu's lawyer said that he had a growing hatred of police ever since they visited his home to investigate complaints he had been abusive toward his parents.

Poor security guard, a victim of mistaken identity?

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It sounds like Shimazu has got a bit of an anger management problem.

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What is the trial for? Did he not plead guilty?

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Yes, I vaguely remember watching the news being covered live on TV in those times.

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Sounds like a sociopath to me. Let's see how he likes prison.

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He could have been bullied in the SDF, this is a kind of shocking syndrome!

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Shimazu's lawyer said that he had a growing hatred of police ever since they visited his home to investigate complaints he had been abusive toward his parents.

You are free now, parents. Enjoy your lives sans aggro-boy.

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Nice social distancing again in that photo.

They're all outside face wearing masks and not touching each other. How will the virus spread? By magic?

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

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