Police shoot murder suspect as he tries to stab them at Jerusalem Central Bus Station

Man suspected in murder of female tourist in Tel Aviv was approached by cops while covered in blood, is taken to hospital in serious condition

Police seen outside Jerusalem's Central Bus Station, after shooting a murder suspect who lunged at officers with a knife, January 18, 2024. (Israel Police)
Police seen outside Jerusalem's Central Bus Station, after shooting a murder suspect who lunged at officers with a knife, January 18, 2024. (Israel Police)

A man suspected of murdering a tourist in Tel Aviv Thursday morning was shot by police near Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station in the evening as he attempted to stab the officers who were questioning him.

The man was cornered by officers outside the bus station while covered in blood. When they began questioning him, he pulled out a knife and lunged at them, leading them to shoot him and seriously injure him, police said.

The suspect, aged around 30, was taken for treatment at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

A civilian was lightly injured in the incident. The cause of his injury was not immediately made clear. He too was taken to hospital.

The man is suspected of the murder of a woman on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv in the morning. Police and fire services arrived at an apartment on the street after a fire there. Following an initial probe, police said they suspected murder in the case.

Police said the woman, 35, was a tourist, but gave no further details. Hebrew media reports said the woman was from Russia.

Screen capture from video of a deadly fire in Tel Aviv, January 18, 2024. (MDA. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

A dog that was in the apartment was saved and MDA medics gave it oxygen, the Israel Hayom outlet reported.

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