Heavy special police forces ended the weeklong manhunt for Natash Melhem, who murdered three people in Tel Aviv, in a building in his home town of Arara a gunfight with the fugitive. They repeatedly called him to come out and surrender in the hope of capturing him alive. He started shooting and was killed in the exchange of fire. A number of suspected accomplices were detained for arranging his hideout and looking after his needs. A court gag order is still in force on details of the episode.