Murderer was turned in by his father, fearing home demolition

The terrorist who murdered a Jewish father and son Friday was turned in by his own father and brother, the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shabak) has revealed. The murderer, Shadi Ahmed Matu, 28, of Hevron, told his brother that he had murdered Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel near Samua, and the brother told the father.

The two decided to turn him in to Israeli authorities for fear that their house would be torn down if they did not do so. The father then approached an IDFcheckpoint and told soldiers his son was the murderer.

Shadi Matu was arrested at his home and disclosed in his initial Shabak interrogation that he had been involved in the murder.

The weapon and car that were used in the murder were found in Matu’s possession in the course of the arrest. The investigation is ongoing and other suspects are being questioned.

The IDF’s elite Duvdevan unit and Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shabak) operatives arrested Matu the main suspect in the murders of Rabbi Litman and his son, overnight. Matu has been identified as a member of Islamic Jihad.

The shooting attack Friday near Hevron killed the 40-year-old father and his 18-year-old son, and left a mother and children wounded, widowed, bereaved and orphaned.

The family were on their way to a Shabbat Chatan celebration ahead of thewedding of one of the family’s daughters, when terrorists in a Palestinian Authority-plated vehicle overtook their car and opened fire on them. One of the terrorists then exited the vehicle and fired several more times at the victims’ car, before the attackers made their escape.