Israel police shoot and kill US murderer while in prison

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Israeli special forces have shot dead an American-Israeli prisoner, who was jailed for a brutal murder in the US, after he opened fire on prison guards.

A police spokesman said Samuel Sheinbein had shot three security officers, critically injuring one, and barricaded himself the compound. Sheinbein was serving a 24-year sentence for a 1997 murder in Maryland.

He fled to Israel shortly after the killing, in a case that briefly soured US-Israeli relations. It led to a change in Israel’s extradition laws.

The shoot-out happened at Rimonim prison north of Tel Aviv. Israel media reports said _73174001_021283352-1Sheinbein holed himself up in a room and fired at prison guards and special forces officers, who returned fire, shooting him dead.

It is not clear how Sheinbein got hold of the weapon.

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