SAO PAULO, Brazil – A pistol packing mom caps a gunman at a Mother’s Day event. The armed, off-duty Brazilian military police officer was hailed as a hero Sunday after surveillance footage showed how she foiled a robbery on a family near a school.
Katia da Silva Sastre, 42, was standing near a group of women and children outside a Sao Paulo private school when the gunman, identified as 21-year-old Elivelton Neves Moreira, attempted to rob them at gunpoint. The women were celebrating a Mother’s Day event.
Little did the gunman know, Sastre was carrying a pistol of her own and shot Moreira three times in the chest, according to the Daily Mail. The footage showed Moreia falling backward onto the street and kicking the gun out of his reach.
Moreia later died in the hospital, according to The Sun.
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Sastre was attending the event with her daughter when the gunman approached.
“I didn’t know if he was going to shoot the kids or the mothers or the security guard at the school door,” she said. “I just thought about defending the moms, the children, my own life and my daughter’s.”
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
Sao Paulo Governor Marcio Franca visited Sastre at her police station and honored her for the act of bravery.
“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,” Franca wrote on Twitter.
Sastre is the mother of two girls and has worked on the police force for 20 years.
“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,” Brazilian public security secretary Maggie Alves said. “She immobilizes the boy and calls the [emergency services]. It was a perfect procedure from a technical point of view.”
— 24 HORAS (@diario24horas) May 14, 2018
“I had to act quickly to end his aggression and prevent him from harming anyone,” she said when speaking of her act of valor. “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.
The 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.”