Ohana says cop who shot mentally ill man to death acted as expected

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana says in a statement that the officer who shot and killed a mentally ill Arab man wielding a knife Monday acted “exactly as expected of him.”

Munir Anabtawi (R), a mentally ill man from Haifa shot dead by cops who said he charged at them with a knife on March 29, 2021. (Courtesy)

He confirms an earlier report that he spoke with the officer shortly after he was questioned Monday night and offered his support.

Ohana says the incident is being investigated but “it’s important that even now every officer know that they will get full backing for any action meant to prevent harm to their lives or the lives of civilians — and not just backing but our full appreciation.”

“This is exactly how the officer acted: With speed and effectiveness, to dispatch the threat on his life — exactly as is expected of him.”

He also expresses condolences to the family of Munir Anabtawi, the man who was killed.

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