A suspect in a rare fatal shooting in Japan has reportedly died after ending an 18-hour stand-off with police by shooting himself in the stomach.
Yasuhide Mizobata was the main suspect in a shooting at a small construction firm in Wakayama in western Japan in which one employee was killed and three others were injured, one seriously, said police.
The motive for the attack on Monday is not known.
Mizobata, 45, fired four shots at a police car when officers approached him near the murder site on Tuesday night, shattering its windows, and escaped. No one was injured.
The stand-off began when he holed up in an apartment early on Wednesday with two handguns.
The stand-off received widespread media coverage in a country where gun crime is rare.
Television reports showed riot police in bulletproof vests and helmets standing downstairs while police tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to surrender.
All residents of the apartment building were evacuated safely by police.
Mizobata shot himself in the stomach shortly before riot police stormed in to capture him.
He was hospitalised and died about two hours later, media reports said.
The suspect asked police, in exchanges with a police negotiator, to bring him food and beer and deliver two million yen (€17,490) in cash to his mother, Kyodo News reported.
A bag he left behind in the apartment contained the cash and a letter. Police also found a knife, syringes and small plastic bags, in a possible sign of drug use.
National Police Agency statistics show there have been fewer than 10 shooting deaths each year in Japan in recent years, a number that dropped to just one case in 2015.