The heroic act of one mother, who happens to be an off-duty armed policewoman, saved a group of children and families waiting outside a private school in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
This incident occured around 8am Saturday and was caught by the school’s surveillance cameras.
The school, located in the Jardim dos Ipês suburb of Sao Paulo, was scheduled to host a Mother’s Day party.
In the video, 42-year-old Katia sa Silva Sastre, a military police officer, was one of the mothers waiting with their children outside of the school when a robber approached the group and threatened them with a .38 revolver.
The robber, who was later identified as 21-year-old Elivelton Neves Moreira, was caught by surprise when Officer Sastre pulled out a concealed handgun from her purse and shot him 3 times on the chest.
Officer Sastre said she had been warned by a lady several seconds before the suspect arrived, saying that she had just witnessed a robbery take place behind her.
The suspect was later taken to the hospital but passed away from his injuries. Authorities called it a ‘regrettable’ outcome.
Officer Sastre is a mother to two girls, aged seven and two. She has worked with the force for 20 years, and her husband is military police lieutenant André Alves.
Sastre, who was at the event with her seven-year-old daughter, said: “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.”
“I had to act quickly to end his aggression and prevent him from harming anyone. I reverted to the training I have received in the corporation,” she added.
“It’s gratifying to have been in the right place to have saved all our lives.”
Her husband said: “The suspect’s gun fired once, but it is not known whether or not it was before Katia fired.”
“The first shot ricocheted and got lost. On his second attempt at firing, the weapon locked. Thankfully she was faster than him, because when a thug discovers (their opponent) is a police officer, he shoots to kill,” he added.
Officer Sastre was honored by Sao Paulo Governon Márcio França on Sunday for her bravery.
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
On Twitter, Governor França posted: “I went earlier to the 4th BAEP in the east of Sao Paulo to honor a very special mother: Corporal Katia Sastre. Her courage and precision saved mothers and children, yesterday at the door of a school.”
Maggie Alves, public security secretary, said, “She pushed the children out of the way and approached the thief. She shoots, the boy shoots, the boy tries to shoot at her leg.”
“She immobilizes the boy and calls the (emergency services). It was a perfect procedure from a technical point of view.”
Speaking about the slain robber, Governor França said, “It is not ideal that the suspect died. We would have preferred this had not happened.”
“But it is a warning to those who take up a gun that they could be killed because our security professionals are well trained to protect the public.”