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US inmate killed in Israeli prison

Sheinbein fled to Israel after a US murder.

Sheinbein fled to Israel after a US murder.

SHARON PRISON, Israel — Israeli special forces raided a prison Sunday and killed an inmate — who was serving time for a gruesome murder in the United States — after he stole a gun, shot several guards, and barricaded himself.

Police identified the inmate as Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after murdering and dismembering another man in Maryland in 1997 and whose case sparked a high-profile row between the two allies.

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Police special forces rushed to Sharon Prison after Sheinbein stole a weapon and shot three guards, wounding two of them seriously. He barricaded himself inside the compound and a standoff ensued with counterterrorism units.

The inmate then opened fire again, wounding three more guards, before the forces shot him to death, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Hospital officials said one of the wounded guards was fighting for his life. Sheinbein’s lawyers told Israeli TV that their client was under duress and that the Israeli prison service ignored warnings.

Sheinbein, 34, was tried in Israel in 1999, two years after he fled to the country and sought refuge from extradition, briefly threatening US aid to the Jewish state.

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