Fla. Police: Son of Israeli Diplomat Intentionally Ran over Officer

Jan. 31, 2024
A Sunny Isles Beach police lieutenant suffered an "incapacitating" leg injury when a diplomat's son on a motorcycle purposely ran over the officer, who was conducting a traffic stop with another vehicle.

The son of an Israeli diplomat was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly intentionally ran down a Florida police officer.

The incident happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday when a Sunny Isles Beach police lieutenant had pulled over a vehicle, WPLG-TV reports. Avraham Gil was weaving in out of traffic on his motorcycle as he approached the officer.

The lieutenant motioned Gil, 19, to stop, but he continued traveling toward the officer. According to the arrest report, Gil "intentionally ran (the lieutenant) over."

Following the collision, the lieutenant was still able to bring Gil to the ground and apprehend him. Gil was arrested and charged with first-degree felony aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.

The lieutenant suffered an "incapacitating" leg injury in the incident. He's currently off work because of the injury.

Despite the felony charges, the incident becomes complicated because Gil is the son of a diplomat. According to WPLG, his lawyers have argued that diplomatic immunity applies to him and should shield him from the charges.

About the Author

Joe Vince

Joining Endeavor Business Media in 2018, Joe has worked on the company's city services publications. He began working at OFFICER.com as the assistant editor. Before starting at Endeavor, Joe had worked for a variety of print and online news outlets, including the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, Reddit and Patch.com.

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