• Kyodo


A former gangster was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for fatally shooting a police officer and seriously injuring three other people last year after holing up in his home with his ex-wife as a hostage.

Hisato Obayashi, 52, fatally shot Kazuho Hayashi, 23, a member of the special assault team of the Aichi Prefectural Police, during the May 2007 incident in Nagakute that riveted the nation.

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