On Tuesday, March 13, magistrate court in Haifa extended by a week the arrest of a suspect in the attack on two police officers and an elderly couple in the city.
He is suspected of attempted murder, assaulting police with a weapon and threats. The court sent the man to a psychiatric examination.
The condition of the elderly man, the victim in the attack, remains difficult. He is in the intensive care unit of the hospital «Rambam» in Haifa. His wife and two policemen received minor injuries. They are discharged from hospital.
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.
Shortly after this incident in the ambulance service «Magen David Adom», it was reported the 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 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).
The police suspect that the assailant is mentally ill.