Israeli locks himself in family home with knife, stabs police officer

An Israel police officer was stabbed after attempting to break into the locked apartment, fearing that the suspect could hurt himself.

 Israel Police cars are seen at the crime scene at Nahf, northern Israel on September 7, 2022 (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Israel Police cars are seen at the crime scene at Nahf, northern Israel on September 7, 2022
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

An Israel Police officer was stabbed by an Israeli in his 60s who locked himself and presumably his family inside his home in the northern Arab town of Nahf on Wednesday night.

The stabbing took place as police forces along with a negotiation team were attempting to break into the house to arrest the suspect, who locked himself in his living room. 

Police broke into the apartment due to fears he might hurt himself, and during the altercation, an officer was stabbed in his chest leaving him moderately to seriously injured.

Why did an Israeli man stab a police officer and lock himself in his home?

According to police, the man's motive for the incident was his suspicion that he would be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital by his family.

 POLICE CORDON LINE: DO NOT CROSS (credit: VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS) POLICE CORDON LINE: DO NOT CROSS (credit: VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Police arrested the suspect, injuring him lightly.

He was rushed to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya for further treatment, along with the injured police officer.

Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai spoke with the officer who was stabbed and told him he is "proud" and that the officer "acted professionally and decisively when [his] life was in danger. This is exactly the quick and professional response I expect from police officers who are called to a life-threatening incident. Without your response, the incident could have deteriorated into a serious incident and the loss of human life. I wish you a speedy recovery and you will receive all the support and assistance from police."