Video Shows Brazilian Woman Shoot Armed Robber – Defensive Gun Use of the Day

Brazil is one of most violent countries on Earth. Almost 60,000 people were murdered there in 2014, to say nothing of kidnappings, rapes, assaults and robberies. According to a 2016 NPR report,

While some Latin American countries have higher per capita murder rates, in absolute numbers, Brazil is the deadliest place in the world outside Syria.

In other words, it’s a good place to have the means for armed self defense. But as a Bloomberg opinion piece (yes, Bloomberg) titled Why Brazil’s Strict Gun Laws Have Misfired illustrates, the country’s gun control laws keep almost all civilians disarmed, making them easy targets for Brazil’s huge criminal class.

André Bevilaqua is no stranger to guns. He hunted as a kid, and carrying was a part of the protocol when he auctioned confiscated property at the regional court, where debtors frequently demurred. But when the Rio de Janeiro attorney set out to buy a .380 caliber pistol last year, he hit a rainforest of red tape that only a Brazilian bureaucrat could love.

A year later — after a thicket of questionnaires, hefty fees, a criminal background check, a psychological evaluation, a written exam and a shooting test, and a house call by three firearms inspectors — the armed forces finally green-lighted his purchase. I heard the contorted tale as I tagged along with Bevilaqua to the gun shop last weekend to pick up his gun.

That’s the drill in Brazil, where law-abiding folk submit to a state-stewarded via crucis in the name of public safety. Meanwhile, it’s de facto open carry for the busy criminals who’ve turned Brazil into a continental kill zone.

So the man in the video below had every reason to believe that no one in the crowd of women and children he approached outside a school would present a threat. Why, then, was one of the women packing a pistol? Because she’s an off-duty military police officer. And we’d guess that she — along with everyone else on that corner — is awfully glad she was carrying.

Here’s a (slightly awkward) Google translation from a Portuguese language news report.

A military off duty police officer, who had gone to a Mother’s Day celebration at the school where her daughter is studying in Suzano, shot a suspect in front of the unit. According to the Military Police, the 21-year-old suspect was carrying a .38 caliber revolver and had already approached other mothers awaiting the opening of the gate, as well as having searched the school’s security to see if he was armed.

It’s not clear what the man’s motive was when a approached the group and drew a gun.

A video that circulates through social networks shows the moment the suspect approaches a group of women and children and points the gun at a person. Right now, next to him, is the police officer, who pulls a gun and fires at the suspect. The people in front of the school run. The suspect falls to the ground and the policeman walks away. She approaches the suspect again, pushes the weapon he wears and surrenders.

Having taken at least one round center mass, this Brazilian criminal won’t be terrorizing any more women and children.

Police also said that the suspect, who had already shot a shot that did not hit anyone, made a second shot, which failed. That was when the police officer approached the suspect. The suspect was rescued to the Santa Casa de Suzano, but it did not resist the injuries and it died.

It’s a shame that more law-abiding Brazilians don’t have the option of protecting themselves in the same way. And that America’s dedicated civilian disarmament advocates would like nothing more than to see our laws become more like Brazil’s.

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  1. avatar Secundius says:

    Out of 163 Countries polled by Violence, Brazil ranks as 56th. While the United States ranks as 50th. It’s not working here either…

    1. Not in absolute terms (but that’s according to that infamous pro-gun, right wing propaganda generator, NPR).

        1. avatar MKV says:

          What does a “global peace index” have to do with gun crime?

          Specifically.

        2. avatar Secundius says:

          @ MKV.

          What does a “Specific” City within a Country as a Whole, have to do with “Most Violent” in the World Are you comparing Cities within a Country, or the Country in General…

        3. avatar kenneth says:

          Please note, from the above source, Atlas and Boots: “The index measures global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarisation.”
          Out of this PCBS I get:
          level of safety and security = some poll of people’s ‘feelz’
          extent of domestic and international conflict = The warlike nature of the State(the US will score high in this measure. no wonder we measure so high)
          degree of militarisation(sic) = again, a measure of the degree of State aggression against its own population. Again, the US is high. But disarming its own citizenry is a great help to State sponsored violence. Armed citizens are a check against this type of violence.
          Overall, little wonder that the US scores high on such a scale. I am in total agreement that our current society of militarized police, constant wars, and interference with other countries that are none of our business, etc., are definitely not working. We need a return to minding our own business as foreign policy, and to police that protect and serve, instead of attack and kill.

        4. avatar Secundius says:

          Does it now! The Last time I was Robbed, there were Three Police Forces within 2-miles of where I was Robbed. Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Police and Fairfax City Police. The ones that came to my aid was George Mason University Campus Police, which technically can’t arrest anyone Off Campus…

        5. avatar b72512ga says:

          George Mason University Police have the same powers as all sworn officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, that being they can enforce laws of the Commonwealth anywhere in the state. Not necessarily city or municipal laws. Publicly supported colleges have been mandated through various federal regulations (tied to funding) that require police departments vice security departments. Most large universities have agreements with the host jurisdictions to jointly patrol and respond to calls within the areas near the campus. And, of course many large universities are spread out geographically, so it makes senses for the local communities to engage in this mutual aid method of law enforcement. It’s possible the university police were purposely dispatched by the local police since they may have been tied up on other matters. Many of the university officers in VA actually take the job (sometimes leaving smaller departments) because the benefits of state employment are better than the local departments. Not trying to be critical, but I’ve seen a lot of street lawyers educated by the court system about police jurisdictional issues.

        6. avatar Secundius says:

          @ b72512ga.

          I stand corrected, thank you…

    2. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

      Gun control ain’t working here either.

      1. avatar Secundius says:

        And neither are Gun Free School Zones! Like the Oxymoron of having a Drug and Alcohol Free School Zone. Not in any School District near where I live…

    3. avatar Fallschirmjäger says:

      “… The 163 states cover over 99.7% of the world’s population and are assessed using 23 indicators, each banded or normalised on a scale of 1-5. The index measures global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization…”

      All that proves is if you give artificial importance to any particular “indicator” you want then you can prove any point you wish. Value the money in someone’s wallet 1000x more than the money in their checking account and a part-time worker can be “valued” more than a successful business man.

      The truth is that despite (or perhaps because) being the most heavily armed citizens in the world the United States has LESS THAN the average amount of crime and homicides in the world. Not only that but the US is BELOW the mean number as well.

      1. avatar Secundius says:

        That’s a Funny Joke! I was a Bounded Courier for nearly 20-years, and was Robbed Four Times and Shot At at least Three Times. And I live in Conservative Virginia…

        1. avatar RRay says:

          You were “shot at least three times”. Seriously, you can’t remember how many times you’ve been shot!

        2. avatar Secundius says:

          When bullets flying, you don’t stand around trying to count them…

        3. avatar Aaron says:

          let me guess…you weren’t shot in the “conservative” areas, but in the democrat urban areas.

    4. avatar W says:

      What a load of [email protected] 4.88 v 26.74.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

      The two countries bear little resemblance to each other.

      1. avatar Secundius says:

        What’s your complaint about Sir? Your information source is about a Accurate, as Mine is the “Dan Zimmerman” is…

        1. avatar W says:

          The Peace Index appears to have little to do with domestic violence and crime. It includes things like foreign military efforts, contributions to UN missions, and possession of nuclear weapons. So, the Peace Index does not seem related to the event shown in this post, that of common crime in Brazil.

          On the bright side, the Peace Index does seem like some construct of the anti-American, global left.

    5. avatar b72512ga says:

      I forgot to add “technically” if you get the facts wrong on your personal experience involving the police, the other assertions you’ve made could be called into question.

    6. avatar Aaron says:

      the murder rate in the United States of America is 4.88 per 100,000. The murder rate in Brazil is 26.74.

      The US is the safest afro-latin country in the world. I’d say we are doing something right.

    7. avatar Jross says:

      It gives innocent people a means to protect themselves. It’s not meant to deter crime. This is like saying seatbelts don’t work because drunk drivers are still causing wrecks.

      If you wanted to limit drunk driving then you address drunk driving issues. You don’t ban cars. If you want to reduce violence then you address issues related to income equality and increase economic opportunity. You don’t ban weapons.

      1. avatar Secundius says:

        Since when did US Law Supersede All Other Independent Country Laws. Your “Screaming” about the UN interfering in United States Law’s and yet Dictating to those Other Counties in how they should run their own Countries…

    8. avatar Aaron says:

      the statistic you cite is irrelevent to the issue of crime and gun control; it’s partly a moral judgment on foreign policy. the actual violent crime statistics are clear and unimpeachable: the murder rate in highly gun-controlled brazil is nearly SIX TIMES the US murder rate.

      furthermore, the parts of the US with high murder rates are mostly areas with demographics more like brazil’s demographics than like low crime countries such as new zealand.

      1. avatar Secundius says:

        @ Aaron.

        Question for you Aaron! Do you HATE the United Nations “Meddling” into US Gun Control Laws? If the Answer is YES, which is suspect it is. What makes you think the Brazilian Government is any More Likely to listen to the United States on Gun Safety, then YOU are to the United Nations view’s on Gun Safety for the United States…

        1. avatar Aaron says:

          secundius, i don’t recall asking brazil to change their stupid and counterproductive gun laws. maybe you can point out to me where i asked them to do so and refresh my memory.

          violence is about culture, not gun laws. there are many, many countries with stricter gun laws than America that have higher murder rates.

  2. avatar Kenneth G Maiden says:

    What the lefty progressive asshats want for America.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    The BG died. That’s so unfortunate for the Democrats, who hoped to import him to the US under an amnesty program.

    1. avatar W says:

      Perhaps from now on, each of these stories should be accompanied by “Democrat voter down.”

  4. avatar JDH says:

    Thug gets slug.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      It looked like 2 slugs. Her gun jumped a second time over the hood of the red car…

      1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

        It was 3, two point blank and the third over the car. The Active Self Protection guy broke this video down on Youtube yesterday.

  5. avatar AndyinMA says:

    Is she available?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Do you like kids?

      1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

        It depends. Fried? Baked? Broiled? What kind of seasonings?

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Chocolate-covered…

          *snicker*

    2. avatar Aaron says:

      Andy says, “i like big butts and i cannot lie…” 🙂

    3. avatar sjay says:

      She’s married to another cop.

  6. avatar Tony966 says:

    So an off duty police person stop an armed robber. So my take is there is a need for more trained police. I’m all for that.

    1. avatar Troubled Soul says:

      So I take it you don’t care about the other 60K people who died because they weren’t fortunate enough to be standing by a “trained cop”?
      Kind of sucked for them didn’t it.

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      Tony misses the point of civilian armament

    3. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “So my take is there is a need for more trained police. I’m all for that.”

      You *really* don’t want to have the police ‘everywhere’.

      That leads to what is known as a ‘police state’…

  7. avatar Ray from Bama says:

    The number 13 hoodie was apparently not a very lucky choice for him that day. Great shooting from the Brazilian mil police woman.

  8. avatar Ovidio Gentiloni says:

    She shot three times. Two immediately after drawing the gun and a third one from over the hood of the car.
    Well done!

  9. avatar former water walker says:

    A cop with a gun is not a “story”…how does that help the average hapless law-abiding Brazilian?!? Carry a cop with you?

  10. avatar Hannibal says:

    These Brazil videos are always easy to spot. It’s not so much the violence as the almost casual indifference to the application of violence.

    Something tells me she didn’t get suspended for a month while there was a grand jury investigation.

    1. avatar WhiteDevil says:

      Look for the perp to be wearing flip-flops. Always a good giveaway.

  11. avatar Sgt of Marines says:

    Except for turning her back to the suspect to change positions pretty good tactics. Shoot and move, get off the X!

  12. avatar CTstooge says:

    The Internet runs on cats and “off-duty” Brazilian cops.

  13. avatar GS650G says:

    After she popped him she go the gun away from him but still she stood too close to him when he was on the ground. He could have tripped her.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      He could have tripped her and then put her into a rear naked choke with his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ninja skills, but he was too busy dying at the time.

      It’s sad, really, because he was an aspiring rapper who was just turning his life around.

  14. avatar Aaron M. Walker says:

    9mm or .45 acp ?

    1. avatar Gun Owning American says:

      .45mm

  15. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    I hope this is used as a training film. Yes, women and children can be attacked. And the only adult around to protect them was a good woman with a gun.

  16. avatar Gun Owning American says:

    Good woman with a gun.

  17. avatar Woody from NY says:

    Perfect, literally.

  18. avatar John P. says:

    Update from the Brazilian news: The incident happened yesterday, Saturday the 12th. By this morning, investigators had ruled this a good shoot and the officer involved was commended by the state Governor in a ceremony at the MP headquarters. The cop is a 42 year old sergeant with 20 years on the force.

    You’ve got to love a happy ending.

  19. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I liked the longer version where she gets him to partially roll onto his stomach. Then aids him the rest of the way with some tennis shoe stomps.

  20. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    Well, with Brazil’s draconian gunmlaws, how many kids got killed on the street because there *wasn’t* an off-duty cop handy?

    Kinda explains their world-class murder rate. In the U S, you have to go to cities with similar gun laws n enforcement to get rates even close.

  21. avatar nyglockowner says:

    Flip-flops. It’s always the guy with the flip-flops. Even worse if he is also wearing a motorcycle helmet.

  22. avatar Wally1 says:

    This is why you practice, practice, practice…double tap folks.

  23. avatar Ernest Hendrickson, MD says:

    Been there, done that. Thug in my office I was wearing T-shirt. He showed aggression. Instantly he was facing my .357 Magnum Derringer. He calmed down and stayed alive. He heard the safety click and saw the huge bore of a .357 bullet, a Silver Tipped hollow point. He woulda got both rounds. End of incident.

  24. avatar John J. McCarthy, Jr. says:

    The murder rate here or there, or Peace Index this or that, are irrelevant.

    None of that crap has anything to do with my gun and my Natural right to have it.

  25. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    She had him dead to rights at contact range. I wonder why she didn’t shoot him in the head and drop him for good?

    1. avatar Secundius says:

      “Crime of Passion”! In 12 March 2015, Brazil passed a law against “Femicide” the Killing of Women. Unfortunately few Courts in Brazil actually purse it, and usually favor the Man’s Rights over that of the Woman’s…

    2. avatar Jim says:

      She was probably trained to aim for center-mass. Her first shots went into the center of his chest. Headshots are for when the center mass shots don’t stop the attack.

  26. avatar John J. McCarthy, Jr. says:

    How do you like the jerk in the red car who backs up and pulls away the woman’s cover?

  27. Ah…what a pair of balls on this woman…I love every second of this video…she deserves to be praised and awarded $ for setting an example to thieves..think twice before you try to rob someone..there may be someone nearby who will kill you

    1. avatar Shameless Rush Limbaugh Dittohead says:

      “Ah…what a pair of balls on this woman…”
      Wouldn’t that be “Brass Ovaries”, Titanium uterus, and steel Petunia’s”

  28. avatar Mikial says:

    The way all situations like this should end.

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