The fright and the escape
Halak, 30, was traveling with his support teacher to the school he attended when he was stopped by an Israeli border police officer patrolling the Old City of Jerusalem. After the agent ordered him to stop, Halak, suffering from autism, was frightened and fled, hiding behind a dumpster.
According to the police reconstruction, the man was chased on foot by an agent and an officer. Thinking he was holding a weapon, the two opened fire near Lion’s Gate. The gun was actually a cell phone. Palestinian leaders condemned the incident, calling it a “war crime”, denouncing Israel’s “impunity”. Israel’s new interior minister, Amir Ohana, expressed regret, but justified the police’s action, which he said was subjected to “continuous attacks” by terrorists.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz expressed “sincere displeasure” and condolences to the victim’s family.