He Managed to Kill 2 Robbers— With Infant in Arms
Off-duty cop Rafael Souza was in Brazil pharmacy with wife, son
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2017 9:10 AM CST

(Newser) – With an infant cradled in his left arm, the man used his right hand to retrieve his gun and open fire, killing two people. It was the act of a hero, according to media outlets in Brazil, where the wild scene was caught on video Saturday, per NBC News. Authorities say two armed robbers walked into a pharmacy in Campo Limpo Paulista, unaware that off-duty Sao Paulo police sergeant Rafael Souza was inside with his wife and infant son, reports the New York Post. When one of the men aimed his gun at Souza, the officer pulled out his own weapon and pulled the trigger, despite the infant in his arms.

At one point, Souza is seen on a surveillance video shooting one of the men at close range. He then rushes his child to his wife, who is taking cover in an aisle, before continuing the gun battle, per the Washington Post. Police say it ended with both robbers dead. The men are identified as Jefferson Alves, 24, and Italo Creato, 22. Souza later told investigators that he fired first because he anticipated they would shoot him if he identified himself as a police officer. The pharmacy clerk had been assisting Souza's wife in an aisle when the robbers barged in, per the Post. (This cop's act of heroism cost him his life.)

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