Slain Border Police officer identified

20-year-old Solomon Gavrya from Beer Yaakov identified as one of three Israelis murdered in Har Adar shooting attack Tuesday.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 10:29

Sgt. Solomon Gavrya
Sgt. Solomon Gavrya
Police Spokesperson

Authorities have identified one of the three Israelis murdered Tuesday morning in a shooting attack at the entrance to Har Adar as 20-year-old Border Police Sergeant Solomon Gavrya, a resident of Beer Yaakov in central Israel.

At 7:14 a.m. Tuesday, Gavrya and two local guards were shot and killed by an Arab terrorist armed with a pistol at the back gate of Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem.

According to police reports, the terrorist, a 37-year-old father of four, was attempting to enter the town along with a group of Arab workers when he asked by security forces at the scene to halt and be checked for weapons.

As the guards approached him, the terrorist drew a pistol concealed underneath his shirt and opened fire, hitting four Israelis.

Three of the wounded later succumbed to their wounds, while a fourth was evacuated in serious condition to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem.

A Border Police spokesperson said Gavrya had enlisted a year and a half ago, and had been serving in the greater Jerusalem area.

Gavrya is survived his parents, two sisters, and a brother.