This is the moment a gunman’s attempted robbery on young children and families waiting outside a school in Sao Paulo was foiled by a mother who turned out to be an off-duty armed policewoman.
Security cameras outside the private school in Sao Paulo caught the dramatic moment on Saturday morning around 8am local time.
Military police officer Katia da Silva Sastre, 42, rounded on the gunman, identified as Elivelton Neves Moreira, 21, and surprised him by whipping out her weapon and firing three times, the Daily Mail reports.
Neves Moreira was hospitalized but later died from his wounds.
Officer Sastre was commended for her heroism. She had reportedly been warned by a fellow mother several seconds earlier while the gunman was in the process of robbing someone else.
The video shows Sastre shooting the assailant in the chest and leg as he tried to return fire, getting off two shots before falling backward. She then secured the assailant and waited for help to arrive. No one else was injured.
“I didn’t know if he was going to shoot the kids or the mothers or the security guard at the school door,” she told colleagues, according to DailyMail. “I just thought about defending the mums, the children, my own life and my daughter’s.”
“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,” she added. “It’s gratifying to have been in the right place to have saved all our lives.”
And now, on Mother’s Day, the policewoman and mother of two is being commended for her bravery.
“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 honor her,” said Sao Paulo’s Governor Márcio França, while calling the gunman’s death “sad and regrettable.”
“It is not ideal that the suspect died,” Franca said. “We would have preferred this had not happened. But it is a warning to those who take up a gun that they could be killed because our security professionals are well trained to protect the public.”
This mama bear had all the attitude she needed to make this robber take the room temperature challenge. That said, in the breakdown we’ll see that this Brazilian MP didn’t give herself much margin for success and gave the robber a LOT of chance to win this one; thankfully she had a powerful force multiplier and he couldn’t overcome that. TONS to learn here from this mama bear on Mother’s Day!
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