Police at Bat Yam shooting scene.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
A veteran Border Police officer shot his ex-wife to death in their Bat Yam
apartment on Monday morning before calling police and telling them, “I just
killed my wife.”
The shooting took place around 11:30 a.m. in the
couple’s apartment on Balfour Street, the central thoroughfare of the
Officers arrested the 48-yearold border policeman and called
paramedics, who arrived on the scene to pronounce the woman dead.
found the couple’s 20- year-old son, who is serving in the IDF, inside the
apartment and took him in for questioning as well. They would not say if he is
suspected of being involved in the murder.
In the meantime, the Police
Investigative Unit of the Justice Ministry has been tasked with investigating
Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller said that when
paramedics arrived at the apartment, they found the woman with a “high number”
of bullet wounds in her upper body and lacking a pulse. There was little that
paramedics could do to help the woman, he said. They pronounced her dead at the
The murder suspect’s sister was at the scene of the crime on
Monday, and described her brother and his wife as a normal couple who, she said,
never fought. She said that her brother did not say he was going through any
type of distress, and that everything seemed normal when she saw the couple this
The couple immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1984, the
sister said. She added that the couple got a divorce just six months before the
shooting, but continued to live together in the same apartment.
neighbor, Daniel Uziel, said he never heard any fighting from the couple, though
he admitted that he only knew them “on a hello-goodbye basis.” He added that
when he last saw the husband the day earlier, “there seemed to be something
strange about him, he seemed a bit withdrawn, but nothing really out off the
Only about a couple hundred meters away from the scene of the
murder, police found a second body, that of a 31-year-old woman.
woman’s boyfriend called police to report finding her dead in their bedroom,
only an hour after the murder on Balfour Street was reported. Police said the
woman and her boyfriend were known to be heavy drinkers and it is unclear if the
death was a murder or just a result of years of heavy drinking.
added that the woman had some bruises on her stomach. They detained her
boyfriend, who lived with her, for questioning.
took her body to the L. Greenberg National Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu
Kabir, where they will seek to determine the cause of death.