Police officer fired following handling of Eilat robbery

August 1, 2012 18:00


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A patrol officer has been ousted from his post and banned from holding a position of authority for two years by the southern police district following an internal inquiry into how police dealt with a violent robbery in Eilat.

The July 22 armed robbery of the Caza De Brazil restaurant in Eilat turned into a gun battle after suspects - two brothers - carjacked a taxi and opened fire on police. One suspect was killed when police fired back.

The inquiry, however, focused on the initial police response before the gunbattle, when two patrol officers arrived at the restaurant after being called by the manager.

The robbery suspects managed to easily subdue the officers and steal their firearms.

The inquiry found that the patrol officer in charge had failed to respond appropriately to the situation and did not engage the attackers.

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