A man was shot dead while trying to rob a group of mothers and their young children.
Elivelton Neves Moreira, 21, targeted the group outside a school in Sao Paulo. Unfortunately for him, one of the parents was an off-duty cop dropping off her child and she shot him. He later died in hospital.
The incident took place on Saturday morning at around 8am at Ferreira Master school where mothers and their children were attending a Mothers’s Day party. It was caught on security cameras.
Military police officer Katia da Silva Sastre, 42, was at the school when Moreira pointed his .38 revolver at the mothers, threatened the school’s security guard, and took the guard’s wallet and phone.
When Katia noticed what was going on, she pulled her police-issue gun from her bag, loads it quickly then fired three rounds, hitting Moreira in the chest and leg. He managed to fire two shots, but one missed and the other jammed in his gun. He later died from his injuries in hospital.
The officer, who had gone to the event with her seven-year-old daughter, told colleagues: “I didn’t know if he was going to shoot the kids or the mothers or the security guard at the school door. I just thought about defending the mums, the children, my own life and my daughter’s.”
The mum of two, who has served as a cop for 20 years, added: “I had to act quickly to end his aggression and prevent him from harming anyone. I reverted to the training I have received in the corporation.
“It’s gratifying to have been in the right place to have saved all our lives.”
Her husband, military police lieutenant André Alves said to Folha de Sao Paulo: “The suspect’s gun fired once, but it is not known whether or not it was before Katia fired. The first shot ricocheted and got lost. On his second attempt at firing, the weapon locked. Thankfully she was faster than him, because when a thug discovers (their opponent) is a police officer, he shoots to kill.”
The policewoman was commended for her bravery in a ceremony as Brazil celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday. Paying tribute to the officer at the police station where she works and handing her some flowers, Sao Paulo Governor, Márcio França, said she had shown “dexterity, technique and courage.”
He explained the “homage was made because it’s Mother’s Day and because she is a mum.”
“She went to the party to celebrate the date and a situation like this happened. She acted so precisely, so perfectly, that we decided to honour her,” the governor told Folha.
Public security secretary, Maggie Alves said: “She pushed the children out of the way and approached the thief. She shoots, the boy shoots, the boy tries to shoot at her leg. She immobilizes the boy and calls the (emergency services). It was a perfect procedure from a technical point of view.”