Cop wounded, pistol stolen near Umm el-Fahm

Officers stopped car, fought with passengers during night chase; three suspects were found shortly after.

Handcuffs (illustrative photo) 370 (photo credit: Reuters)
Handcuffs (illustrative photo) 370
(photo credit: Reuters)
An Umm el-Fahm precinct cop was lightly wounded and robbed of his service pistol during a scuffle between officers and five men outside the Wadi Ara city on Friday night.
Eran Shaked, spokesman for Coastal District police said that the pistol had not been found, but that three of the suspects were found not long after the incident in a house nearby.
Police had pulled over a car as part of a routine traffic stop, not because the men inside were wanted or known to police, Shaked said. When the car pulled over the five men made a break for it, and began fighting with officers who pursued them into the night.
One of the policemen was lightly wounded, and was taken to Hadera’s Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. Police were not sure why the men ran or if there was any sort of contraband in their car, Shaked said.
In a separate incident in the Coastal District on Friday, a 24-year-old man from Kafr Kara was shot and killed during a dispute with an unknown assailant in the city.
The man did not have a criminal record and was not known to be involved in underworld activity, Shaked said, indicating that the shooting was most likely the result of a personal dispute. The victim was shot a single time with a pistol to the upper body, and was taken to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, where he soon died.