Israeli Arab Suspected of Stabbing Wife Killed After Attacking Police

Neighbors denies police's claim that man, who was suspected of stabbing his wife and another man earlier in the day, was shot after he tried to attack officers.

Police officers conducting a raid in Taibeh in May 2010.
Moti Kimche

Police shot and killed an Israeli Arab man on Saturday after he attacked them when they attempted to arrest him on suspicion of stabbing his wife and another man in northern Israel.

A policeman was lightly wounded. An eyewitness claimed the suspect, a 27-year-old resident of Taibeh, was shot to death at a time when he no longer posed any threat.

On Saturday afternoon, police reported that a woman and a man had been stabbed in Taibeh. The woman was hospitalized in moderate condition, while the man suffered only light injuries. The stabber fled the scene, and police began a search for their chief suspect, the woman’s husband.

When they found him, police said, the man pulled out a sharp instrument and stabbed one of the policemen in the head. The policeman then shot him. He was evacuated to the hospital with mortal injuries and pronounced dead on arrival.

But a resident of the neighborhood where the attempted arrest took place said she saw policemen shooting at the suspect repeatedly while he was lying on the ground wounded.

“I didn’t see any knife in his hand,” she said. “He was wounded by at least three shots, and afterward, several policemen surrounded him and shot him, I think more than 10 bullets. I don’t think there was any need to shoot at him in this situation, because he didn’t constitute any danger to the policemen.”

Police said their investigation of the original stabbing is continuing.

Also on Saturday, a court ordered a 50-year-old resident of Tarshiha held in jail until Wednesday on suspicion of trying to murder his 26-year-old daughter, who was seriously wounded. Her two brothers were also arrested, on suspicion of failing to report the crime, and the court ordered them held for two days. The brothers deny all involvement in the incident.