A civilian volunteer with the police force was killed in the line of duty Tuesday, after he and his police partner were both attacked by a suspect.
In the late afternoon, the two responded to a domestic violence call in the western Galilee town of Shlomi, where a suspect had allegedly threatened his brothers and his mother.
When they arrived on the scene, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed both the police officer and the volunteer. The suspect, a Shlomi resident in his twenties, then fled, leaving both police officer and volunteer bleeding. Police searched for the fugitive for hours, finally arresting him later that evening.
The police officer was lightly wounded, but the volunteer's wounds were far more serious. Although his wounds were initially classified as moderate, his condition deteriorated, and hours after the attack, he succumbed to his injuries at the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.