Civil police officer João Henrique Pinheiro, who killed an assailant during an attempted robbery in downtown Sao Jose dos Campos, said he had reacted to preserve and protect his wife and victims. “I would not do anything different. Anything other than that would be my life instead of his,” said the 18-year-old policeman at the Civil Police (see action video above).
The action happened on the afternoon of Wednesday (23) in the street Coronel José Monteiro. The video released by the Civil Police shows when a couple approaches the entrance of the jewelry store and is approached by two criminals, who entered the establishment minutes before the police arrived with his wife.
After approaching the duo, who tries to surrender the couple, the out-of-work cop takes out the gun and shoots the suspects several times. One of the suspects was shot and died on the spot. The second suspect escaped. For the police, João Henrique acted in self-defense.
“We analyzed the images, talked to the witnesses and he [police] acted in strict compliance with legal duty. He was in a situation that required him to act in self-defense. The thief arrived with the gun cocked to shoot him and his wife, so he had no choice but to fight back and unfortunately the assailant died, “said delegate Hugo Castro.
The dead assailant was 29 years old and had been convicted of robbery and was being sought by the police. The man who fled has already been identified but has not yet been arrested. His cop and his wife were not injured in the action.