Saturday 24 February 2018

Brazilian policeman shot dead while working Olympic security duty

Helio Vieira
Helio Vieira

A Brazilian policeman has died after being shot in the head when he and two other officers working security at the Rio Olympics got lost near a slum and encountered gunfire.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes announced Helio Vieira's death on his official Facebook page early on Friday.

The officers from Brazil's national security force were using a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar streets on Wednesday afternoon when they took a wrong turn off a highway leading to Rio's international airport. Their truck was sprayed with bullets, shattering the windows.

Mr Vieira died late on Thursday. The other officers suffered minor injuries.

More than 85,000 security forces have been deployed in Rio for the Olympics, which is double the number of London in 2012.

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