Terrorist Car/Knife Attack in Israel

Written by Greg Ellifritz

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz


Israel Defense Forces Video

Undoubtedly, many of you have already seen the video above.  It was posted earlier this week and shows a terrorist in Israel running some people down with a car and then attacking others with a butcher knife.  The terrorist was shot down by an armed citizen.


A lot of folks mentioned the fact that it took quite a few rounds to bring the guy down.  Sometimes that happens in a gunfight.  At one point, the terrorist went down and then came back up to throw the knife.  That sometimes happens too.  Suspects who have been shot often collapse because they have a drop in blood pressure.  Not enough blood is making it to the brain, so they become unconscious.  As soon as the suspect falls and hits the ground, the heart doesn’t have to pump so hard to fight gravity. Blood flow returns to the brain and suddenly, the suspect is conscious and fighting again.  Expect that to happen any time you are involved in a shooting.


Don’t be in a hurry to run up on the downed attacker, especially if he is armed with a contact weapon.  Seek distance and cover instead.  Don’t be in a hurry to kick his weapon away like this defender did.  Circle towards the suspect’s feet, not towards his head.  That way if he wakes up, he’ll have to look around a couple seconds to find you.  Seek cover.  Get everyone else away from the suspect.  Wait for backup (or police arrival) before approaching.  This article contains some tips for approaching downed suspects.  It’s written for police, but it is useful for armed citizens as well.  Thanks to Chief Jeff Chudwin for sending me a copy of this excellent piece of research.


Be careful out there.




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9 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. CB3 says:

    Be as ruthless as the murderer. Just shoot him in the head–twice- as soon as possible. Don’t wait for him to expire, get back up, throw a meat cleaver at you or for some official to arrive. Finish the job you started. The murderer wouldn’t hesitate to do the same to you. Kill him. Fast and completely. Period.

  2. Al T. says:

    Wonder if the good guy was using FMJ….. I’ve shot critters (varmint control) with .45 230 grain FMJ and was dismayed by the results. Good JHPs that meet the FBI criteria for me!

  3. Old 1811 says:

    Four questions come to mind, all of them unanswered:
    What caliber was the responder carrying?
    What bullet type was the responder carrying?
    Where were the hits?
    Was the terrorist offender wearing body armor?

    Do you think any of those questions will be answered soon? Do the Israeli authorities release details like this? It would be useful knowledge.

  4. caleb says:

    That’s great info on the blood pressure and heart pumping equation in RE: to moving/standing vs hitting the deck — totally did not think about that but it makes perfect sense!

    (reminds me of the horror movies where the good guys “check” on the dead bad guy and he springs to life, scaring them! lol)

  5. Kendahl says:

    Standard first aid for someone who has lost consciousness due to low blood pressure is to lay him down and raise his legs. That way, gravity helps move blood to his head instead of to less important parts of his body.

    In the video, it looked like the entire incident was over by the time security forces arrived. Validation of the old seconds versus minutes argument.

    If, as the linked article recommends, an individual responder should not attempt to disarm the assailant after putting him down, the only recourse is to continue shooting him if he wakes up and resumes his attack. However, I think it would be a mistake to shoot him once he is down and motionless just to make sure.

  6. Cotter Sayre says:

    The good guy had balls, and he got the job done. Kudos. But one thing I do not understand: In Israel, unlike the popular perception, has stricter handgun control laws than even New York City; it’s virtually impossible to get a pistol license, much less a carry permit. Was this guy a LEO?

    See http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/israel

    • Eric says:

      A few months ago I did some googling and reading on Israeli carry permits. Carry permits are heavily controlled, and about half the carry permits issued in Israel belong to security guards. Good chance the guy above falls into that category.

      • Cotter Sayre says:

        Yes, and last year there was a BIG push to force security guards to leave their weapon locked up at their place of work, and NOT be allowed to take their pistols home! Don’t know if the law passed or not, but the significant majority of all Israelis, oddly enough, believe in this level of draconian gun control. (“Civilians don’t need guns” rational is what I hear the most.)
        -Not An Israeli

  7. elmer says:

    It is my understanding that Israel has relaxed some of their strict gun laws. Specifically to deal with the increase of these wack-jobs attacking the civilian population.