(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
A policeman who was stabbed by a car thief four-and-a-half years ago in Rehovot and who has been in a coma ever since died of his injuries on Wednesday.
The officer, Shlomi Asulin, aged 31 and a father of two, had been hospitalized at Sheba Hospital, where his condition deteriorated in 2010.
He was stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver in Rehovot’s industrial area while attempting to stop car thieves.
The attacker, Abu Atza, a 24-year-old resident of Aroer in the Negev,
was caught and convicted, and is serving a 20-year prison sentence.
“With great sorrow, we announce the passing of First Sgt.-Maj. Shlomi
Asulin, who fought for his life after being stabbed while carrying out
his duties at the Rehovot police station. We send our condolences to his
family – widow, parents, siblings,” a statement by the Shfela police
Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino said Asulin’s “bravery and daring
spirit testify to the values that guided his actions, and that guide the
officers of the Israel Police, who protect the well-being of the public
day and night.”
Danino said the “Israel Police bows its head in mourning and sorrow over the death of FSM Shlomi Asulin.”