Heroic Brazilian mother saves lives from armed robber

Edduin Carvajal
May 15, 2018
01:29 P.M.

The video of a woman shooting an armed offender outside a private school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, went viral in no time.


As reported by News.com.au, Katia da Silva Sastre – a 42-year-old off-duty military police officer – was attending a Mother’s Day luncheon at the school with her two daughters, aged seven and two.

Security cameras located in front of the educational facility captured the moment when Elivelton Neves Moreira, 21, approached the school wearing a black sweater and grey shorts pointing his gun at the parents and children who were in the area.

He focused his attention on the school's security guard and demanded to hand over his wallet. Moreira never imagined that the guard was no the real 'threat.'


Without hesitation, Sastre drew her police-issued gun from her bag, load it, and approached the offender shooting three times. Her bullets hit Moreira’s chest and leg, what caused him to fall to the ground.

He managed to shoot his firearm twice, however, but one ricocheted off the ground and the other one got stuck in the chamber. Sastre quickly kicked the criminal’s gun and detained him while waiting for the police to arrive.

‘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 daughters.’

Katia da Silva Sastre, News.com.au, May 14, 2018.


It was later revealed that Moreira died later that day from his injuries. Due to her bravery and outstanding action, Sastre was honored by Sao Paulo Governor, Márcio França.

França confessed that she acted in a precise and perfect way and that her courage and precision saved mothers and children.

While surprising, it is fair to say that her reaction was natural as she has served in the Brazilian military police force for 20 years and is also married to a police lieutenant.

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