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American-Israeli prisoner killed in jail battle with police

Samuel Sheinbein, the U.S. teenager accused of murdering 19-year-old Alfredo Tello in Maryland in 1997, sits in a Tel Aviv court July 5 befo
Samuel Sheinbein, the U.S. teenager accused of murdering 19-year-old Alfredo Tello in Maryland in 1997, sits in a Tel Aviv court July 5 befo

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police shot dead an American-Israeli prisoner on Sunday after he wounded three guards with a pistol at a jail near Tel Aviv, police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Samuel Sheinbein, serving a 24-year sentence for a 1997 Maryland murder, had shot the three security officers, leaving one critically injured.

Israeli security forces "returned fire and shot and killed the suspect", Rosenfeld said.

Israeli media said Sheinbein, in his early 30s, had barricaded himself inside a bathroom in his cell. It was not clear how he had obtained a weapon.

A Tel Aviv court in 1999 found Sheinbein guilty of the slaying and dismemberment of Alfredo Enrique Tello, Jr. in Maryland's Montgomery County.

He went on trial in Israel after having fled there and winning the protection of Israel's Supreme Court against a U.S. extradition request based on its determination that Sheinbein had inherited Israeli citizenship from his father.

The prison shooting comes amid an overall rise in crime in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged at a cabinet meeting earlier this month that police step up efforts against a reported rise in gangland killings.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; editing by Andrew Roche)

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