Police: October Eilat shooter took his own life

December 4, 2012 17:35

An American study abroad student who opened fire in a Eilat hotel, killing a co-worker before anti-terror police stormed the building, took his own life as police closed in, according to the results of an internal police inquiry released on Tuesday.

In the days after the shooting, police said William Hershkovitz, a 23-year-old native of Poughkeepsie, New York was shot to death by officers of the police counter-terrorism unit after he opened fire on them as they moved into to arrest him.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the national police headquarters said “the operations branch has presented the Police Inspector General with the findings of a special task force set up to examine how the police operate on that day and how they collaborated with IDF anti-terror forces.”

“The findings of the investigation indicate that the hotel worker William Hershkovitz took his own life by shooting himself during the raid by the anti-terror unit.”

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