Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a mother cradles her child in fear during a gunfight between an off-duty cop and an armed robber.
The street shootout took place in Rua Gama Cerqueira in the municipality of Cambuci in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo on 21st May.
According to reports, the off-duty cop was walking along the street with the mother when they were surprised by two armed thieves demanding cash.
The officer reacted and shot one of the suspects but the other got away and they fired at each other in the street as the mother scrambled for cover while holding her child.
In the footage, the cop is seen shooting at the suspects as the woman runs along the pavement with her child in her arms, and takes cover behind a parked car.
The officer apparently hits one man, who is seen lying on the ground.
The cop joins the mother and child and shoots at the suspect at the far end of the street from behind the car before shouting instructions to the mother to flee.
He then runs along the street and stands over the body of the fatally injured thief before apparently being joined by another cop on the scene.
According to the Sao Paulo Public Security Secretariat (SSP), the off-duty officer said he was in the company of the mother when two armed men tried to rob them.
The shot suspect was taken to a hospital in the district of Ipiranga, but later succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, the second gunman managed to escape on foot following the shootout in the street.
The local authorities said they gathered the weapons of the officer involved in the shooting and the killed suspect along with other forensic evidence at the scene.
The police probe is ongoing.