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Reports: Israeli-American prisoner killed after shooting guards

Feb. 23, 2014 4:12 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 25, 2014 5:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A man imprisoned in central Israel Sunday was killed by Israeli forces after he shot and injured three prison guards, according to Israeli media.

The Israeli news site Ynet reported that a prisoner in Rimonim Prison moderately injured two guards and lightly injured another after grabbing a gun.

After shooting the guards, the prisoner barricaded himself inside the jail, the report said.

A large group of Israeli forces reported to the scene and attempted to overtake the man. The prisoner was killed and another guard was lightly wounded during the Special Central Unit operation, the report said.

The prisoner was identified as Samuel Sheinbein, an Israeli-American in his thirties who was serving a murder sentence.

The Times of Israel reported that in 1997, Sheinbein was convicted for a murder outside Washington, DC. He immediately fled to Israel, where he gained citizenship. He successfully negotiated to be tried in Israel, where he received a lighter prison sentence than he may have in the US, according to the report.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli Prison Service did not answer calls seeking comment.
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