Military Police arrest reservist who shot civilian dead at terror attack scene

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Yuval Castleman (courtesy)
Yuval Castleman (courtesy)

A reservist soldier suspected of killing a man mistaken for a terrorist during a shooting attack in Jerusalem last week has been arrested by the Military Police, the Israel Defense Forces says.

The soldier was one of two off-duty troops who responded to a terror attack at a Jerusalem bus stop on Thursday, killing the two assailants but also shooting Yuval Castleman, an armed civilian who had also opened fire at the terrorists.

The soldier, who opened fire at Castleman after he had put his gun down and was holding his hands in the air, was questioned under caution yesterday, and had his weapon taken away.

The IDF says his detention is a “preliminary arrest” and he will continue to be interrogated today.

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