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Fatal shooting suspect in armed standoff in western Japan

  • Yasuhide Mizobata, a murder suspect, holding guns sits on scaffoldings as he holes up at an apartment in a standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped, in Wakayama, central Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Wakayama police said Wednesday that Mizobata, 45, is wanted as prime suspect in a shooting Monday at a small construction company, where he allegedly shot one employee dead and left three others injured. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)

    Yasuhide Mizobata, a murder suspect, holding guns sits on scaffoldings as he holes up at an apartment in a standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped, in Wakayama, central Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Wakayama police said Wednesday that Mizobata, 45, is wanted as prime suspect in a shooting Monday at a small construction company, where he allegedly shot one employee dead and left three others injured. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Plainclothes police walk around an area where Yasuhide Mizobata, a murder suspect, was found in Wakayama, central Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Mizobata, a suspect in a fatal shooting, holes up at an apartment in an armed standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)

    Plainclothes police walk around an area where Yasuhide Mizobata, a murder suspect, was found in Wakayama, central Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Mizobata, a suspect in a fatal shooting, holes up at an apartment in an armed standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Journalists look at an apartment, center back, where Yasuhide Mizobata, a murder suspect, with guns holes up in a standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped, in Wakayama, central Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Wakayama police said Wednesday that Mizobata is wanted as prime suspect in a shooting Monday at a small construction company, where he allegedly shot one employee dead and left three others injured. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)

    Journalists look at an apartment, center back, where Yasuhide Mizobata, a murder suspect, with guns holes up in a standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped, in Wakayama, central Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Wakayama police said Wednesday that Mizobata is wanted as prime suspect in a shooting Monday at a small construction company, where he allegedly shot one employee dead and left three others injured. (Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A suspect in a fatal shooting in western Japan has holed up at an apartment in an armed standoff after he fired at a police car and escaped.

Wakayama police said Wednesday that Yasuhide Mizobata is wanted as a prime suspect in the shooting Monday at a small construction company, where he allegedly killed one employee and injured three others.

Mizobata had been at large since Tuesday night when police spotted him near the murder site and almost caught him. He fired four shots at the police car, shattering its windows and escaped. Nobody was injured in the shooting.

Mizobata was seen carrying a handgun in each hand while pacing on an apartment balcony. He isn't believed to be holding any hostage.

Gun crimes are rare in Japan.