On the morning of Monday, March 12, a man of about 30 years, holding a hand saw, tried to go to the hospital «Bnei Zion» in Haifa. A couple of police officers tried to stop him, after which he attacked the law enforcement officers.
A policeman received a light head injury.
Opened fire in the air. The suspect ran away.
The press service of the police speculated that the assailant is mentally ill. Later this information was confirmed by other sources.
Shortly after this incident in the ambulance service «Magen David Adom» received a report of two injured elderly people in an apartment house on the street Hashmonaim in Haifa. Paramedics arrived on the scene, gave first aid to the man and the woman is about 80 years. The injured man received a head injury, in critical condition, was taken to the hospital «Rambam». A woman with minor limb injuries was taken to hospital «Bnei Zion».
The police said that these incidents are connected. After the attack on the police at the hospital suspect fled in an apartment house, where he attacked elderly people.
The suspect barricaded himself in the apartment. On a scene there arrived a considerable force of police. About an hour after the start of the operation the man was detained by fighters of special forces of police (PITS).
It is known that the man who assaulted elderly people lived in the area. The neighbors say about him as a person of strange behavior, represented sometimes as a student of the Technion.
Information is specified.