Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a dad endures a hail of bullets to shoot armed gunmen who threatened his daughter, leaving one robber dead and the second badly injured.
The brave dad, who carried on firing even after being struck a glancing blow on the head by a bullet, is reportedly the owner of the mattress store in the Brazilian city of Ji-Parana, where his daughter works as a sales assistant.
A security camera filmed the incident as it unfolded on the afternoon of 8th June.
The footage shows how the robbers enter the store, draw their guns and announce the holdup, threatening the sales assistant, who is the store owner’s daughter.
One of the armed men then opens the door to the back room but swiftly runs away as a hail of bullets fired by the store owner hit him and his accomplice, who manages to flee the scene.
The other man who was hit ends up falling behind a chair after leaving a bloodstain on the wall. He is then hit by more bullets as he tries to escape from the store owner, and he collapses outside the building.
Further footage shows him writhing around on the ground heavily bloodied with a police officer and passersby standing over him.
The robbers have been named as Bruno Conceicao Santos and Douglas Almeida Jesus.
The latter took three bullets during the gunfire exchange. He managed to flee the scene but was arrested when he sought medical help in the nearby municipality of Ouro Preto do Oeste.
Santos was collected at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on the operating table.
The store owner’s head was grazed by a bullet during the exchange of fire, and he received medical attention. His injury is not life-threatening.
According to the police, the store owner’s firearm was legally owned.