Reckless driving at troops caused friend's death

Shuafat resident arrested for driving drunk in vicinity of Border Policemen, causing them to open defensive fire, killing a passenger.

Ido Ben Porat ,

Shu'afat refugee camp
Shu'afat refugee camp
Photo: Anna Kaplan/Flash 90

An Arab resident of the Shu'afat refugee camp in his 20s was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) on suspicion of manslaughter, causing death by negligence, driving without a valid license, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The Jerusalem Police statement was released as part of the investigation of an incident that occurred on Sunday night. The arrested suspect was driving recklessly, causing Border Police troops operating in the area to suspect that he was trying to commit a terror attack and run them over with the car. The troops opened fire and shot and killed a 27-year-old youth who was in the car with the suspect.

The police announced yesterday that it had ruled out terrorist motives. The Border Policemen claimed that if the suspect, who was driving, hadn't been handling the car so recklessly, or if he had heeded their calls for him to stop, they wouldn't have opened fire on the car and the passenger's death would have been avoided.

Despite this, an investigation of the troops' conduct has been opened in the Police Internal Investigations Department (PIID).