Off-duty cop fatally shoots gunman at her kids' school

Frederick Owens
May 16, 2018

A gunman's attempt to rob young children outside a Brazilian school was hindered after the mother of one child turned out to be an off-duty police officer. Among the crowd was Katia da Silva Sastre, who had a firearm of her own in her purse. Katia didn't know if he was going to shoot the children, the mums or the headteacher who was at the entrance'.

"Thankfully she was faster than him, because when a thug discovers [their opponent] is a police officer, he shoots to kill".

The driver of the auto she had taken cover behind drove off as she completed her courageous actions by kicking the robber's gun to one side, coming close to knocking her over as she stopped down to recover the revolver. At the time of the incident, her kids and the other mothers were all she could think about.

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The incident happened on Saturday in Suzano, Sao Paulo, during an event to mark Mother's Day in the USA.

According to, the gunman was transported to a hospital where he died a day later.

Sastre, whose husband is a police lieutenant, was honored in a ceremony by Sao Paulo Governor Marcio Franca on Sunday. In the panic that enveloped the school, she said that her training in the corporation was able to kick in just in time to prevent the suspect from harming anyone. "Her courage and precision saved mothers and children, yesterday at the door of a school", he wrote on Twitter, as translated by Google. She took his gun and held him within shooting range until she thought it was safe to approach him, turning him around so he'd be lying on his stomach, neutralized, until the emergency services arrived.

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