Israeli Security Guard Suspected of Shooting Wife While Driving Car

The man and his wife were arguing in front of their teenage daughter while driving to their home in Rosh Ha’ayin when he allegedly pulled out his handgun and fired two bullets at her head and torso, causing her death.

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An Israeli security guard was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of having shot and killed his wife while they were driving through Petah Tikva, with their teenage daughter in the back seat.

The man, 52, was arguing with his wife, 43, as she was driving from Petah Tikva to their home in Rosh Ha’ayin, according to a preliminary investigation. The couple was in the midst of a divorce. Their 14-year-old daughter was not injured.

The family was near the Ein Ganim Interchange when the man, sitting in the front seat, pulled out his handgun and fired two bullets at his wife’s head and upper body. The car then careened into a guardrail several meters away, and the man called the police and reported that he had just shot his wife.

The man is a security guard in a school in Rosh Ha’ayin and carried the gun for work, say the police. The police and welfare authorities are not aware of any previous reports or incidents of violence involving the man and his wife.

The man was taken to the Petah Tikva police station for questioning and the daughter was taken to Schneider Hospital for tests. She is being treated there by a social worker.

This is the second case of suspected murder by a security guard this month. Previously, Dov Tagard, a divorced man from Haifa who worked as a security guard, stabbed his partner and her son to death and fatally shot his friend. He then used the gun to kill himself in front of responding police officers.

A study on Israel’s security industry published in December 2011 shows that between 2002 and 2010, 12 women and 11 men were murdered by weapons that were in the possession of security guards. Security companies do not comply with the law requiring them to collect weapons from their employees at the ends of their shifts, the study says.

Public Security Ministry directives require that companies store their weapons in an armory when they are not being used on the job, except under extraordinary circumstances.

In 2005, the Brinker Committee, an interministerial group headed by Maj. Gen. Daniel Brinker (ret.) of the Israel Police, examined the use of weapons by security guards in Israel. It recommended that security guards not be permitted to take their weapons home from work. The committee also determined that many security guards were armed even when it was not really necessary.

In recent years, the Firearm Licensing Department and the Israel Police took action to reduce the distribution of weapons among citizens, including by limiting the legal right of owners of stores selling gold and diamonds to bear arms.

The murder scene in Petah Tikva.Credit: Nir Kedar

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