Israeli Accused Of Killing Arab Car Thief Free on Bail
JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Israeli suspected of fatally shooting an unarmed Arab car thief during a chase in Jerusalem was freed on bail Tuesday, Israel radio reported.
The killing Monday prompted Jerusalem’s police chief to appear on television and remind Israelis that they must only open fire if lives are in danger. That was the latest in a series of conflicting messages following the flareup of violence that has killed 13 Israelis and 28 Palestinians since March 1.
The national police commissioner last month urged Israelis with gun licenses to carry their weapons; two right-wing legislators said Arab assailants should be killed on the spot.
The Jerusalem gunman, a 23-year-old security guard, was arrested after the shooting and appeared Tuesday before Magistrate’s Court Judge Uri Ben Dor.
The judge agreed to a police request to release the suspect on bail and bar him from leaving the country, radio reports said. Ben Dor banned release of the suspect’s name and set bail at $1,800.
Police may seek to have the man charged with causing death by negligence, said Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby.
The suspect told investigators he was chasing three Palestinians who tried to steal a car.
He fired after one man stopped and seemed to be drawing a weapon, Ben-Ruby quoted the suspect as saying. No gun was found near the dead man, identified in news reports as Rad Mohammed Shaaban, 18, from the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah.