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Off-duty police officer takes down gunman attempting to rob families near school

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(Meredith) – A military police officer answered the call of duty on her day off when she shot a gunman who attempted to rob a group of women and children near a school in Brazil, officials said. 

Katia da Silva Sastre, 42, was standing near the group outside a Sao Paulo private school Saturday morning when a man charged toward them and tried to steal a bag, the Washington Post reported. She and the other families were attending a Mother’s Day event.

Surveillance video shows Sastre drawing her own pistol and firing at the suspect three times, hitting him in the chest and leg.  He then fell to the ground and dropped his weapon in the process, according to the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.

The suspect, who authorities identified as 21-year-old Elivelton Neves Moreira, later died in the hospital.  

Sastre was commended for her bravery with a bouquet of Orchids in a special ceremony on Sunday.

Sao Paulo Governor Márcio França also shared a photo of the officer on Twitter, saying that “her courage and accuracy saved mothers and children.”

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