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Suspect arrested for fatally shooting a man he says was trying to steal his car

Aryeh Schiff, 70, says he was aiming weapon at wheels of vehicle, didn’t intend to hit 36-year-old during incident in southern city of Arad

The scene in Arad where a man shot dead another man he says was trying to steal his car, November 29, 2020 (Screen grab/Walla)
The scene in Arad where a man shot dead another man he says was trying to steal his car, November 29, 2020 (Screen grab/Walla)

A man in the southern city of Arad shot dead an individual he said was trying to steal his car, police said on Sunday morning.

The 36-year-old suspected burglar was taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center, where medical staff pronounced his death.

The man, named as Aryeh Schiff, 70, was said to have told police he saw a suspicious person trying to break into his vehicle and fired shots toward him using a gun he had in his possession.

According to the Walla news site, the shooter said that he had not aimed his weapon at the suspected burglar and did not mean to harm him.

“I fired at the wheels. I did not intend to hit him,” Schiff reportedly told police investigators.

Later on Sunday, Schiff was sent to house arrest at a remand hearing.

The slain man was said to be a member of the Al-Atrash Bedouin clan.

The incident in Arad was the second overnight shooting after police said a man was killed during an exchange of fire in the northern town of Maghar.

Police said in a statement that two suspects opened fire on a bank branch and medical center in the town, and also at officers who subsequently tried to arrest them.

The Walla news site said that police were operating undercover and had been observing the bank when the suspects initially opened fire.

In the subsequent exchange of fire, one suspect was killed and a passerby was moderately wounded. There were no reports of police injuries. Police did not say if the second suspect had been arrested.

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