42-year-old Katia Da Silva Sastre was waiting for her children outside their school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when an assailant attempted an armed robbery. Sastre, an off-duty policewoman, drew out her weapon and shot at the assailant, who later succumbed to his injuries.
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The assailant has been recognized as 21-year-old Elivelton Neves Moreira. He had approached the school gate armed with a pistol.
— infowe (@infowe) May 14, 2018
The security footage obtained shows bystanders waiting outside the school when Moreira, armed with a pistol, approaches the entrance. He is seen pointing his gun at the guard as he tries to take his phone and gun. This is when Katia Sastre shoots him in the chest. She then disarms him after he falls on the pavement. The bystanders make a run for their lives as the event unfolds.
The robber was rushed to a nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead.
Katia is mother to two daughters, aged 7 and 2. She has spent 20 years in military service and was off duty when the incident took place.
A man in Sao Paulo, Brazil attempted a robbery outside a school on Saturday when 42-year-old Katia da Silva Sastre drew her weapon and shot him three times. pic.twitter.com/8YLSaha3lV
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) May 14, 2018
She has been hailed as a hero of Sao Paulo and has been honored for her act of bravery. Sao Paulo Governor, Marcio Franca, honored the officer for her courage. He visited the police station to meet the her personally and present her with tokens of appreciation.
He also took to Twitter to honor her bravery.
O governador Márcio França homenageou hoje a mãe policial militar que reagiu ontem à um assalto em frente de uma escola. A reação da policial foi precisa e salvou a vida de outras mães e seus filhos. Um feliz dia das Mães para a Kátia da Silva Sastre e todas a mães!! pic.twitter.com/EHiUrJvyzs
— Você Sabia? (@VoceNaoSabiaQ) May 13, 2018
Fui hoje cedo ao 4°BAEP , na zona Leste de São Paulo, para homenagear uma mãe muito especial: Cabo Katia Sastre. Sua coragem e precisão salvou mães e crianças, ontem na porta de uma escola. #PMSP #PoliciaMilitar #VcPodeConfiar #EstadodeSãoPaulo #GovernodeSP pic.twitter.com/Vi643s1M3e
— Márcio França (@marciofrancagov) May 13, 2018
The governor said that although it is sad the assailant died, this is a clear message for those who try to disrupt peace.