Brazilian mother who shot and killed gunman attempting to rob families outside daughter's school elected into Congress
Two-year-old off-duty police officer Katia da Silva Sastre used the incident to further her political ambitions and suceeded, getting elected into Congress from São Paulo
The brave Brazilian mom who made headlines this past May after shooting and killing an armed man who threatened mothers and children outside a school has been voted into Congress in the country. Following the incident, surveillance footage of the shooting went viral in the country, with the woman identified as 42-year-old off-duty police officer Katia da Silva Sastre and the attacker as one 21-year-old Elivelton Neves Moreira.
According to LADbible, the incident unfolded outside Sastre's daughter's school in São Paulo in May. The video of the shooting shows a group of mothers standing around with their children at a crossing as Moreira approaches and pulls his gun out.
He lifts the gun and walks menacingly towards the group, attempting to steal from one of the women standing in the area. That's when Sastre makes her entrance from outside the frame, pulls out her own gun, and shoots Moreira three times — hitting him in the leg and chest. The 21-year-old can be seen screaming in agony and clutching his chest as he begs Sastre to not shoot. The cop then walks towards him calmly and kicks his gun away before turning him on his stomach and standing over him as the footage cuts off.
Speaking after the incident, Sastre, who has served as a cop for 20 years, admitted she didn't know the gunman's intentions. "I didn't know if he was going to shoot the kid 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 at the time. "It's gratifying to have been in the right place to have saved all our lives."
Her husband, military police lieutenant André Alves, also commented on the incident and said, "The suspect's gun fired once, but it is not known whether or not it was before Katia fired." He continued, "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."
While Moreira would later succumb to his injuries in the hospital, Sastre was hailed as a hero for her actions. She would use the popularity to further her political ambitions and run for Congress, getting voted in as the seventh most popular candidate amongst the 70 who contested in São Paulo.
LADbible reported that the cop used the incident to her full advantage, even stating her name in the ballot papers as "Policewoman Katia Sastre" and including the footage of the shooting in her campaign promotion videos. Opposing political parties tried to get her to remove the footage but were rebuffed by the Superior Electoral Court who ruled in the 42-year-old's favor.
Addressing her supporters and voters in the video, she says, "I shot him, and I would shoot again. I will always have the same attitude in fighting crime. I have courage." The voting would see her command a total of 264,000 votes in her favor and become one of many candidates who promised to crack down on crime in the city.
Watch the footage of the incident here: