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Bennett, Barlev say officers ‘acted as required’ by shooting Palestinian attacker

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Public Security Minister Omer Barlev expressed public support Sunday for two Border Police Officers who shot a Palestinian attacker to death in Jerusalem a day earlier, saying that they “acted as required,” despite a Police Internal Investigations Department investigation into the incident.

Barlev said in an interview that he believed there was no need for the officers to be questioned at all, but later clarified that the procedure was in fact routine.

The incident, said by police to be a suspected terror attack, has come under intense scrutiny due to video from the scene showing the officers firing at the suspect several times as he was already lying on the ground.

The officers have said they feared he was still dangerous when they shot him, and they did not know what he was holding or concealing on his person.

“The [officers] acted as required,” Barlev told the Ynet news site Sunday morning. “There was no space for doubt as to whether the terrorist had an explosive belt or not, so they acted correctly.”

Barlev, whose ministry oversees the police, said that the officers had acted as per their training and should be praised.

“They entered into combat, did not hesitate, and neutralized [the target] appropriately. This is what we expect from police officers, the Border Police, and the IDF,” he said.

The two officers killed the suspected terrorist after he stabbed an ultra-Orthodox man in the neck, moderately-to-seriously wounding him, on a street near the capital’s Damascus Gate, then attempted to attack the officers. The suspect was in Israel illegally and had been arrested for incitement in 2019.

Video filmed by a passerby shows the officers firing two shots at the attacker while he is moving on the ground.

פיגוע דקירה בשער שכם. צעיר חרדי נפצע באורח בינוני. שוטרים ירו בחשוד. מהסרטון עולה שהם יורים בו גם כשהוא על הקרקע. (אזהרת טריגר). pic.twitter.com/7QwbOyxWa4

— نير حسون Nir Hasson ניר חסון (@nirhasson) December 4,........

© The Times of Israel

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