An man has been fatally shot and killed whilst attempting an armed robbery on a group of parents. The gunman, now named Elivelton Neves Moreira, 21, approached a group of mothers as they collected their children from a special Mother’s Day event at their school in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
With his gun pointed firmly at the group of panic-stricken parents and children, Moreira demanded the group handover their money. However, his stunt quickly turned sour when one mom, an off-duty military police officer, drew a gun on the attacker.
CCTV footage captures nearby innocent civilians starting to flee the scene before Katia da Silva Sastre, who had been attending the event with her seven-year-old daughter, quickly intervened.
WARNING: The following footage contains scenes that some may find disturbing
The off-duty officer barely had a second to think, but rather than panic at the immediate danger, she was able to stay level-headed and devise a plan.
Pulling out a pistol, the mother aimed it directly at Moreira who then fell to the floor in clear agony. Meanwhile, surrounding parents bundle their children into cars and flee.
Moreira writhed around on the tarmac in pain as the 42-year-old mother casually collected his gun from the middle of the road.
What the footage doesn’t capture is the moment that the emergency services arrive at the scene, carting Moreira off to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.
Despite the “regrettable outcome”, Sastre was honored in a ceremony held by Sao Paulo Governor Márcio França the day after the incident.
After the terrifying ordeal Sastre 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.’
According to the Daily Mirror, Sastre has been a police officer for 20 years, which helps to explain her immense bravery in the situation.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the police force provided these details of the incident:
“These criminals lose control easily. Katia didn’t know if he was going to react by shooting at the children, the moms or the headteacher who was at the school entrance. She just thought about defending the parents, the children, herself and her daughter.”