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Gun­man who attempt­ed to rob young chil­dren and fam­i­lies out­side a school is killed by a wait­ing moth­er (who turned out to be an off-duty armed police­woman)

This is the moment a gun­man’s attempt­ed rob­bery on young chil­dren and fam­i­lies was foiled by a wait­ing moth­er — who turned out to be an off-duty armed police­woman.

Dra­mat­ic secu­ri­ty footage shows a sus­pect named as Eliv­el­ton Neves Mor­eira, 21, approach­ing the crowd with a gun out­side a pri­vate school in Sao Paulo.

But his attempt­ed crime back­fired when mil­i­tary police offi­cer Katia da Sil­va Sas­tre, 42, pulled out her own weapon and unleashed three shots.

The video shows Mor­eira, who lat­er died in hos­pi­tal, falling back­wards and clutch­ing his chest before Sas­tre shoves him on to his front with her foot hav­ing thrown her hand­bag aside on Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

Offi­cer Sas­tre is being hailed a hero for her act of brav­ery and was hon­ored in a cer­e­mo­ny by Sao Paulo Gov­er­nor Már­cio França on Sun­day.

The robber, dressed in a black jacket, was seen on a security camera approaching a private school in Sao Paulo before aiming a gun at terrified mothers
The rob­ber, dressed in a black jack­et, was seen on a secu­ri­ty cam­era approach­ing a pri­vate school in Sao Paulo before aim­ing a gun at ter­ri­fied moth­ers
The shooting happened just a day after  42-year-old military police officer Katia da Silva Sastre shot and killed an armed robber outside a school in nearby Sao Paulo
The shoot­ing hap­pened just a day after  42-year-old mil­i­tary police offi­cer Katia da Sil­va Sas­tre shot and killed an armed rob­ber out­side a school in near­by Sao Paulo
Dramatic footage shows the robber tumbling backwards after being shot by the quick-thinking mother-of-two
Dra­mat­ic footage shows the rob­ber tum­bling back­wards after being shot by the quick-think­ing moth­er-of-two
Officer Sastre shoved the suspect on to his front using her foot before aiming her weapon at his back. The robber died from his injuries the same day - but Sastre was commended for her actions
Offi­cer Sas­tre shoved the sus­pect on to his front using her foot before aim­ing her weapon at his back. The rob­ber died from his injuries the same day — but Sas­tre was com­mend­ed for her actions

Although the sus­pect died lat­er the same day in the hos­pi­tal from his injuries, Offi­cer Sas­tre is still being com­mend­ed for her actions despite the ‘regret­table’ out­come.

Writ­ing on Twit­ter Gov­er­nor França said: ‘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.’

As a thank you for her off-duty val­or, the gov­er­nor then pre­sent­ed her with a pur­ple orchid plant at her police sta­tion, fit­ting­ly on Brazil’s Moth­er’s Day.

Offi­cer Sas­tre is a moth­er to two girls, aged sev­en and two. She has worked on the force for 20 years and is also mar­ried to a police lieu­tenant.

The hor­rif­ic attack unfold­ed Sat­ur­day as Sas­tre was wait­ing for the gates of Fer­reira Mas­ter school to open.

A ban­dit, dressed in a black jack­et, casu­al­ly walked up and announced it was a rob­bery while point­ing a .38 revolver at the group of ter­ri­fied moth­ers and small chil­dren.

The school, in the Jardim dos Ipês sub­urb of the city, was due to host a Moth­er’s Day par­ty.

Flashpoint: The gun-wielding robber (dressed in black) lunged towards terrified parents outside the school in Brazil
Flash­point: The gun-wield­ing rob­ber (dressed in black) lunged towards ter­ri­fied par­ents out­side the school in Brazil
Take down: He had no idea that an armed off-duty police officer was among those on the pavement. Footage shows him falling backwards after being gunned down
Take down: He had no idea that an armed off-duty police offi­cer was among those on the pave­ment. Footage shows him falling back­wards after being gunned down
The officer, who was at the school with her seven-year-old daughter for a Mother's Day party, could be seen throwing away her bag as she approached the wounded assailant with her gun aimed at his body
The offi­cer, who was at the school with her sev­en-year-old daugh­ter for a Moth­er’s Day par­ty, could be seen throw­ing away her bag as she approached the wound­ed assailant with her gun aimed at his body
The mother-of-two, who has served as cop for 20 years, said: 'I had to act quickly'
The moth­er-of-two, who has served as cop for 20 years, said: ‘I had to act quick­ly’
Officer Sastre orders the suspect to turn over and pushes him with her foot into a facedown position
Offi­cer Sas­tre orders the sus­pect to turn over and push­es him with her foot into a face­down posi­tion

Point­ing the firearm at the school’s secu­ri­ty guard and reach­ing out to grab the man’s wal­let and phone, the sus­pect sud­den­ly stopped in his tracks by the offi­cer, who had her gun at the ready after being alert­ed to the dan­ger by anoth­er woman sec­onds ear­li­er.

Pulling her police issued weapon from her bag, she loads the gun then reacts with speed, step­ping for­ward and fir­ing off three rounds, shoot­ing the assailant in the chest and leg as he tries to fire back.

The armed man falls back­wards onto the zebra cross­ing and releas­es two shots in the process as he hits the ground. The first one ric­o­chets off the ground hit­ting no one, and the sec­ond jams in the weapon.

Sas­tre quick­ly backs away out of the line of fire then goes over to the injured sus­pect who is rolling around on the ground in agony cry­ing out for help. She kicks away his weapon before pick­ing it up.

Sastre, pictured, is a mother to two girls, aged seven and two, and is married to a police lieutenant
Sas­tre, pic­tured, is a moth­er to two girls, aged sev­en and two, and is mar­ried to a police lieu­tenant

Sas­tre, who had gone to the event with her sev­en-year-old daugh­ter, told col­leagues: ‘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.’

Approach­ing the wound­ed assailant while still point­ing her gun, she throws her bag to one side, orders the sus­pect to turn over and push­es him with her foot into a face­down posi­tion, then pins him down while wait­ing for med­ical help and back­up to arrive.

Speak­ing on her act of val­or she said: ‘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.

It’s grat­i­fy­ing to have been in the right place to have saved all our lives,’ she added reveal­ing she was first warned of the dan­ger when a woman, in a grey dress, hur­ried­ly walked past and point­ed back­wards say­ing a rob­bery had just tak­en place behind her.

Moments lat­er the gun­man appeared.

Hus­band of offi­cer Sas­tre, mil­i­tary police lieu­tenant André Alves said to Fol­ha de Sao Paulo: ‘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.’

Gov­er­nor França com­mend­ed Sas­tre say­ing she had shown ‘dex­ter­i­ty, tech­nique and courage.’

Officer Sastre, who has two daughters, was  presented with flowers by Sao Paulo Governor Márcio França, pictured second right, on Sunday - Mother's Day in Brazil
Offi­cer Sas­tre, who has two daugh­ters, was pre­sent­ed with flow­ers by Sao Paulo Gov­er­nor Már­cio França, pic­tured sec­ond right, on Sun­day — Moth­er’s Day in Brazil
Katia da Silva Sastre, 42, pictured left, is honored for her actions after rounding on a gunman who threatened to shoot outside a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday
Katia da Sil­va Sas­tre, 42, pic­tured left, is hon­ored for her actions after round­ing on a gun­man who threat­ened to shoot out­side a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sat­ur­day
Speaking of Officer Sastre's heroic act the Governor said: 'Her courage and precision saved mothers and children, yesterday at the door of a school'
Speak­ing of Offi­cer Sas­tre’s hero­ic act the Gov­er­nor said: ‘Her courage and pre­ci­sion saved moth­ers and chil­dren, yes­ter­day at the door of a school’

He explained the ‘homage was made because it’s Moth­er’s Day and because she is a mum.

She went to the par­ty to cel­e­brate the date and a sit­u­a­tion like this hap­pened. She act­ed so pre­cise­ly, so per­fect­ly, that we decid­ed to hon­our her,’ the gov­er­nor told Fol­ha.

Pub­lic secu­ri­ty sec­re­tary, Mag­gie Alves 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.’

How­ev­er, gov­er­nor França lament­ed the out­come as ‘sad and regret­table’.

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,’ he said.

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