The security guard who fatally shot an Israeli homeless man at the Western Wall plaza early Friday is under investigation for murder.
The guard, a Druze who had been on the job for a short time, reportedly had clashed previously with Doron Ben Shlush. He was arrested after the incident on Friday morning and ordered held for five days. His name is under a gag order.
A police investigation has determined that Ben Shlush yelled “Druze, you son of a bitch” at the security guard, according to the Times of Israel.
The guard, a civilian employed by a private company, had said Ben Shlush had shouted “Allah hu akbar” (“God is great”) in Arabic and tried to pull an object from his pocket near the public bathrooms before the guard fired his sidearm up to 10 times.
According to reports, Ben Shlush lived or volunteered at the Chabad House near the Western Wall and was well known by Kotel security.
The man was treated by Magen David Adom medics at the scene but did not survive, the Jerusalem Post reported. The incident took place around 8 a.m. as the Wall area was crowded with morning worshipers. The man was identified by Haaretz as Doron Ben-Shloosh, an eccentric man often seen shouting at the Kotel.
Ynet quoted a worshiper at the Kotel, David Dahan saying, "I've know the man for three years. He goes around complaining about the government and the authorities. This morning he was sitting and reading a paper like he always does. He shouted and then headed to the toilet. A minute or two later I heard between seven and 10 shots."
The apparently homeless man reportedly volunteered at a soup kitchen run by Chabad.
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