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Off-duty policewoman shoots armed robber attacking group of moms

Off-duty policewoman shoots armed robber attacking group of moms

Attempted armed robbery at school Ferreira Master in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, capital of the homonymous state in the South-East of the country, was foiled by the heroism of the mother of one of the students.

Dramatic security footage shows a suspect named as Elivelton Neves Moreira, 21, approaching the crowd with a gun outside a private school in Sao Paulo.

Nearly immediately, 42-year-old Katia da Silva Sastre pulled out her weapon from her handbag and fired three rounds into his chest and leg. Moreira's first bullet did not hit any victims and his gun locked during the second. Then, her police training kicking in, she fired three shots into his stomach as parents fled with their children.

Off-duty cop Katia Sastre kept her cool when the armed robber walked up to the family groups during the school run in São Paulo, Brazil, and threatened them with a.38 revolver.

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"I went earlier to the 4th BAEP in the east of Sao Paulo to honor a very special mother: Corporal Katia Sastre".

He said in a tweet after meeting her at her work HQ: "Her courage and precision yesterday saved mums and daughter at a school entrance". According to public security specialists, the decoration of Officer Sastre may send a misleading message to both the police force and to society. In reply she said that any mother would do the same and protect children.

He drops his gun, allowing the mother to pin him down until more police officers arrived.

"Katia didn't know if he was going to react by shooting at the children, the mums or the headteacher who was at the school entrance". "I just thought about defending the moms, the children, my own life and my daughter's".


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