Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Fearless cop mum shoots armed robber at Mother's Day celebration in Brazil

Fearless cop mum shoots armed robber at Mother's Day celebration in Brazil

The suspected robber had suddenly rushed a crowd of mostly women and children at gunpoint outside a private school in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Video shows the offender waving a revolver at terrified mothers and their children outside a primary school on Saturday.

Sastre has since been hailed as a hero, having received recognition from the governor of São Paulo.

"I didn't know if he was going to shoot the kids or the mothers or the security guard at the school door", Sastre said. The woman, Katia Sastre, is a police officer in the city of Sao Paolo and was carrying her police weapon at the time of the attempted robbery.

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

The gunman, identified as 21-year-old Eliventon Neves Moreira in Brazilian media, was taken to a hospital where he died of the injuries.

The video does not the fully capture audio of the conflict, but shows a mother and her young child hurrying away from someone.

Sastre, whose husband is a police lieutenant, was honored in a ceremony by Sao Paulo Governor Marcio Franca on Sunday.

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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".

The officer, who has two decades of experience in the military police, said she wanted to shoot the man at a close range and neutralize him before he could hurt anyone.

"She pushed the children out of the way and approached the thief". "I just thought about defending mothers, children, my own life and my own daughter", Da Silva told Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

According to the Mirror, the mum of two has served as cop for 20 years.

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