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Soldier who shot comrade to death says shooting accidental
Military Police opens probe into shooting that killed Staff Sgt. Shachar Strug, 20; Duvdevan soldier who shot him arrested, claims in questioning he did not know gun was loaded.

The Duvdevan Unit combat soldier who shot his friend Shachar Strug to death told investigators on Wednesday that "It was accident, not gunplay. We practiced drawing a gun in a room on-base, as is common in the unit. He's my best friend and I didn't know it was loaded."

 

 

The tragic incident took place Tuesday in a Duvdevan base in the central region, when Staff Sergeant Strug, 20, and his friend were in their room. Strug was hit by one bullet to the chest in what the army initially suspected to have been gunplay that ended fatally for the young soldier.

 

Staff Sgt. Strug was killed when his friend shot him in the chest
Staff Sgt. Strug was killed when his friend shot him in the chest

 

He was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem, where doctors had to pronounce him dead.

 

Military Police began its probe into the incident immediately after it occurred. GOC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nadav Padan ordered the creation of a committee of inquiry to draw conclusions from the accident, to be headed by 5th "Sharon" Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Bezalel Shneid.

 

Strug's friends outside the family's Givatayim residence (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Strug's friends outside the family's Givatayim residence (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

The Jaffa military tribunal extended the remand of the Duvdevan soldier by six more days later Wednesday. His attorneys said he would have "preferred to die himself instead of his best friend."

 

Thousands accompanied Staff Sgt. Strug on his final journey Wednesday afternoon at the Kiryat Shaul cemetery. After the traditional Kaddish prayer read by his father, his mother eulogized him, saying, "Our world has collapsed. I don't know what a mother is supposed to say when eulogizing her own son."

 

His sister, Adi, added, "I can't believe you're no longer here. You're not really dead. You were supposed to come back home today. I missed you. I don't want to speak about you in the past tense and can't believe you left me alone. I'm proud to be Shachar Strug's sister."

 


פרסום ראשון: 03.21.18, 19:42
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