Senior MSDF officer shoots self in stomach aboard destroyer

A male senior MSDF officer was found collapsed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound (TV Asahi)
A senior MSDF officer was found collapsed aboard a destroyer with a self-inflicted gunshot wound (TV Asahi)

KANAGAWA (TR) – A male Maritime Self-Defense Force officer was found bleeding aboard a destroyer with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his stomach, the MSDF said on Saturday, reports TV Asahi (Apr. 8).

The senior officer, aged in his 20s, was found on the floor with a gun sitting nearby at around 5 a.m. on Saturday aboard destroyer Takanami, which is docked at the MSDF’s base in Yokosuka City. He believed to have shot himself.

The officer was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Guns are normally stored inside a locked case, according to the MSDF. The case is under investigation. An incident investigation committee has also been established.

Authorities are also investigating a case in which a male MSDF member hanged himself aboard the destroyer Inazuma earlier this month.

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