Police shot and injured a 30-year-old Dutchman at an apartment in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, on Monday afternoon. He was in serious condition after being evacuated by Magen David Adom to the Wolfson Medical Center in neighboring Holon.
Police responded to reports of a fight breaking out at an apartment building on Yoseftal Street in Bat Yam around 3:30 p.m. The wounded man allegedly threatened the family hosting him and a fight ensued, Channel 10 News reported.
According to Ynet News, the family had invited the wounded man into their home, but they phoned the police when he threatened them and said he would go downstairs and “slaughter people” in the street.
The officers tried to detain the Dutchman, but he fled upstairs, and then assaulted the officers when they cornered him. Tear gas sprayed by the officers did not subdue the suspect, and only hurt the police officers.
At this point, the Dutchman reportedly attacked a police officer violently, and the second officer drew his weapon and shot the suspect twice.
The reason behind the officer drawing his weapon is unclear, and the Israel Police have opened an investigation into the incident.