Ishikawa wakes up, gun in hand, and witnesses Onoda's lifeless body. Higuchi believes that Ishikawa is being set up, suspecting that Onoda and the white-faced man may have had some means of communication.
Higuchi points his gun at Katagiri, a co-conspirator with Kuon. However, upon grasping Kuon's actual motives, Higuchi decides to allow Katagiri to flee. Later, the importance of those directly killed by Kuon is made clear.