Governor of Sao Paulo with Katia Sastre, who shot and killed a gunman who tried to rob a group of families. Tweeten reads, in part, " I went … today to pay tribute to a very special mom: Corporal Katia Sastre. Her courage and accuracy saved mothers and children yesterday at the door of a school."
Even watching the scene played on video is scary.
A gun rushes up to a group of primary school children in Brazil and tries to steal a bag. They fly. Mothers grab their children and give them safety.
That's when 42-year-old Katia Sastre decided to act. The Polish official pulled out his own weapon and fired the robber three times and hit him in his chest and leg.
He fell on the ground but pointed at his weapons at Sastre. According to the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, he fired at least one bullet before his gun stuck. "The first shot ricocheted off something," Sastre man Andre Alves told the paper. "In his second attempt to fire, his weapons stuck. Thankfully, she was faster than he was, because when a dew detects that he is facing a police, he is shooting to kill."
The man released his weapon, point Sastre could roll him on his stomach and stab him until the police arrived.
The whole scene was captured on the school's video security system.
Sastre was with his 7-year-old at a school in Suzano, a city near São Paulo. They were waiting for a mother's day party to start, according to Newsweek.
Sagittarius, 21-year-old Eliventon Neves Moreira, was taken to a hospital where he died.
Sao Paulo Gov. Márcio França called the result "sorry and sorry". "It is not ideal that the suspect died. We would prefer that it had not happened," he told reporters. "But it's a warning to those who pick up a gun that they can be killed, because our security personnel are well educated to protect the public."
Sao Paulo was once one of the world's most violent cities. But the area has seen a dramatic decline in crimes over the past decade. Murder mass has fallen from no more than 52.5 per 100,000 in 1999 to 6.1 per 100,000 today, about five times lower than the average, according to the World Economic Forum.
Experts state that the decline in young unemployment reduces men and rapid control over who has access to weapons and alcohol. Researchers also point to the fact that a gang has managed to take over much of the city. "PCC – which imposed its own brand of criminal order, a kind of Pax Mafiosa," according to WEF.
Alves reporters said his wife had been in police force for 20 years. She's fine, he said.
"She's calm and knows she was doing right," he said. "Everything ended well. It would have been a greater risk if suspected had discovered that she was a police first."