22-year-old IDF officer shot dead by soldier who unintentionally fired weapon during drill

22-year-old Second Lieutenant David Golovenchik has been identified as the IDF officer who was shot dead yesterday during a drill at the Jilber checkpoint in Hebron. The soldier who shot his commander is currently in shock and receiving the appropriate treatment.

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The IDF Spokesperson announced on Tuesday evening that Second Lieutenant David Golovenchik was the officer who was killed on Tuesday evening during a drill in Hebron. Magen David Adom teams arrived at the scene and tried to revive Golovenchik. He was pronounced dead on the way to a hospital. His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 PM at the Mount Herzl cemetery.

Golovenchik, a commander in Golani’s 12th battalion from Efrat, was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant after his death. He was shot when a soldier accidentally fired his weapon at the Jilber checkpoint, where the exercise was being conducted. The IDF is investigating the circumstances of the incident.

According to the initial investigation, Golovenchik was impersonating a Palestinian who was planning to carry out a terror attack at the checkpoint. However, one of the soldiers at the checkpoint fired his weapon, hitting his commander in the upper body from close range.

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On Wednesday morning, additional details about the tragedy were announced to the public, among them the fact that the soldiers were aware that the surprise drill was to take place during their routine activities at the checkpoint. It was also revealed that several safety protocols were violated during the incident. For instance, the soldiers did not clear their firearms of ammunition before the drill began and Golovenchik was not wearing a bulletproof vest.

At the moment, the soldier who fired his weapon and killed his commander is in shock and being treated by IDF psychologists.



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