Police at Tel Aviv Central Bus Station 370.
(photo credit: Ricardo Mallaco)
Homicide detectives in Rishon Lezion investigating a deadly shooting linked a
suspect to the murder through bullets lodged in an injured dog.
23, Uzi Levi, a resident of Rishon Lezion’s Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood, was shot
dead at the entrance to his caravan home with a nine millimeter handgun. There
were no eyewitnesses or available forensic evidence for police to work
A special investigations team formed by the Shfela police
subdistrict focused on a suspect named Shmuel Atias, who had been involved in a
dispute with Levi, but was unable to locate him for nearly a week as he had fled
Atias, who has a criminal record involving drugs, violent
offenses and property crimes, turned himself in to police five days after the
murder, but denied any connection to the shooting.
Police then employed
an agent to sit with the suspect in a holding cell. The two spoke for four days,
according to the indictment, and Atias allegedly confessed to the shooting, as
well as providing details on the dispute that led up to it.
conversations with the undercover agent, Atias allegedly mentioned shooting the
victim’s dog that had run up to the scene after Levi was shot. This revelation
surprised among the homicide detectives, who were unaware of the dog’s
Police located the animal and had it undergo surgery, during
which bullets were indeed found and removed from its body.
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