Israeli shot in violent altercation near Kochav Ya’acov, suspect arrested

According to an unconfirmed report by Hatzalah, the suspect fired at the Israeli after mistakingly identifying him as a Palestinian terrorist.

An Israel Police officer is seen arresting a man on a highway in an illustrative (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
An Israel Police officer is seen arresting a man on a highway in an illustrative
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

An Israeli citizen is in serious condition after being shot by another Israeli near Kochav Ya’acov, Israel Police confirmed late on Thursday night.

According to initial probes conducted by police, the violent altercation occurred following an argument that took place between the wounded Israeli and the suspect, who fired multiple shots at the man.

He has been transported to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment and the circumstances behind the shooting are under investigation as police gather evidence from the scene.

The suspect was arrested by Israel Police.

Crime scene tape. (credit: BRANDON ANDERSON/ FLICKR/ CREATIVE COMMONS)Crime scene tape. (credit: BRANDON ANDERSON/ FLICKR/ CREATIVE COMMONS)

Friendly fire incidents in Israel

According to an unconfirmed report by Hatzalah, the suspect fired at the Israeli after mistakingly identifying him as a Palestinian terrorist.

Another Israeli 'friendly-fire' incident occurred in August when St.-Sgt. Natan Fitoussi was shot dead by a fellow soldier who misidentified Fitoussi, near the West Bank Palestinian city of Tulkarm.

Another similar incident in January of this year saw two IDF soldiers killed in what the military called a “serious” friendly fire accident in the Jordan Valley.

This is a developing story.