A robber pulled a gun on a group of women and young children expecting to get away easily, but what the robber was not expecting was an off-duty Military police officer who quickly took care of the situation, reports The Daily Mail.
Katia da Silva Sastre was the mother who expertly took down the robber thanks to the handgun she had on her at the time. A security camera caught the whole exchange as Elivelton Neves Moreira, the 21-year-old robber approached the group of children and women with a gun in his hands.
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.
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 and thank goodness one of those mothers was packing heat. Thanks to our protected second amendment laws, mothers like Sastre can easily protect their children from evildoers like this guy and uphold their right to defend themselves.
You can watch the video here: