ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A man who was facing charges for the deaths of two people and the hijacking of a tourist bus carrying 35 people committed suicide by leaping from a window at police headquarters while in custody on Sunday, police said.
Christos Kendiras, 48, broke a window and jumped from the seventh floor of the building in downtown Athens just after police fingerprinted him. He was about to be taken to a prosecutor to be formally charged, authorities said.
Kendiras was accused of killing his mother-in-law and a friend over a family dispute Saturday, then hijacking a bus filled with 35 people in southern Greece. The hostages -- a Japanese guide, a Greek guide and 33 Japanese tourists -- were unharmed after the 10-hour ordeal.
Kendiras was being escorted through the police building by two officers Sunday morning when he broke free and ran to the window, authorities said. He landed on a second-floor balcony, they said.
"There is no justification, after the drama we had yesterday, for any relaxing of security measures and to have this happen," said Dimitris Efstathiadis, general secretary of the Public Order Ministry.
Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrisohoidis had ordered "an immediate investigation to determine how this occurred," Efstathiadis said.
Kendiras took the bus on a 10-hour trip back and forth along the main highway connecting central and southern Greece, threatening to kill his hostages and demanding to talk to the media, police said. Dozens of police cars, helicopters and ambulances followed the bus. Kendiras shot at some police vehicles, slightly wounding one officer.
Kendiras finally agreed to free the hostages and surrender himself at the Piraeus office of popular television show host Makis Triantafilopoulos, police said.
Kendiras spoke to Triantafilopoulos about his problems and told him he wanted to kill himself.
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