Volunteer police kill teen who threatened double suicide

Volunteer police kill teen who threatened double suicide

18-year-old holds gun to girlfriend's head, fires on volunteers after high-speed chase

A made-for-TV drama proved tragically real in the Beit Shemesh area on Thursday night, when a teenager who threatened to kill his girlfriend was shot dead.

According to a report on Israel’s Channel 2 TV station, the young man, Raz Attias, had sent an email to the station’s website, threatening that he and his 17-year-old girlfriend intended committing suicide.

Channel 2 alerted the police, who started a search for the couple by tracking the young man’s cell phone.

Attias apparently took his parents’ car and picked up his girlfriend. Close to midnight, they reached the woods near Beit Shemesh, in the Jerusalem area. When police volunteers located the couple, the teen fired several shots into the air — apparently testing the handgun that he had stolen from his father, police later said — before speeding away toward a nearby highway. The couple was stopped in their tracks after their car crashed into a police guard rail.

When the search party again caught up with the couple, the police approached the car, and saw Attias embracing his girlfriend and holding a gun to her head. He threatened to kill both her and the policemen, and opened fire, wounding one of the volunteers in the head. The police responded by shooting back at Attias, who was seriously wounded and died soon afterwards.

The wounded volunteer, plus the young woman — who was not harmed physically — were taken to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, for treatment.

Witnesses reported that, when Attias held the gun to his girlfriend’s head, she cried, “Don’t shoot me, don’t shoot me. I don’t want to die.”

Reports indicated that the story began a few weeks ago, when it was discovered that the young woman was pregnant. The couple planned on suicide, and shared the intention with their friends.

Police are investigating the incident.

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