A 19-year-old Jewish male from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev was shot at Hizma checkpoint, north of the capital, by Border Police Wednesday afternoon after allegedly brandishing a knife and attempting to stab an officer.
According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the attempted attack took place at approximately 3:30 p.m.
“The suspect arrived at the checkpoint with a silver knife in his hand and approached the officers and then attempted to stab one of them,” said Rosenfeld, noting that the officer was not harmed. “They responded by opening fire on the suspect, who was critically wounded.”
Rosenfeld continued: “What we know right now is that the suspect is from Jerusalem and that he was heading to the Hizma area towards Judea and Samaria. It is unclear why he took out a knife at the checkpoint and an investigation has been opened.”
Rosenfeld said the unidentified suspect did not speak during the thwarted attack.
Operations at the checkpoint were suspended until police secured the scene.