Cab Driver Shot Dead During Botched Arrest Attempt in Northern Israel

Police officers arrived at the man's house following a report of domestic violence; officer says he was forced to open fire after driver tried to run him over.

A cab driver was shot dead late in the northern city of Atlit on Wednesday night by an Israel Police officer who tried to arrest him for alleged domestic violence.

police car - Moti Kimche
Moti Kimche

Magen David Adom rescue personnel attempted to resuscitate the 47-year-old man at the scene, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A police official told Army Radio on Thursday that patrol officers had arrived at the man's house after receiving a report of domestic violence. The policemen tried to arrest the man, who jumped into his cab and tried to run them over.

One of the policemen held on to the body of cab and was dragged for a few hundred meters.  Another officer then shot the driver five times, finally forcing the cab to a halt.

An eye witness to the shooting told Army Radio that he saw the policeman lying on the cab's hood.

"I saw the cab speeding up as the policeman as the policeman was trying to stop it. The cab driver had probably hit the policeman, and then he shot the driver," said the witness.