Footage of Brazil police shootout in Rio de Janeiro prompts inquiry
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - 00:41
May 7 - Footage of a police shootout in which officers opened fire at an accused drug trafficker from a helicopter in Rio de Janeiro has prompted an investigation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Brazil is opening an investigation into a 2012 shootout in which police fired from a helicopter at an accused drug trafficker as they pursued him through a Rio de Janeiro favela.
Inquiries into the shooting began after exclusive video of the bizarre shooting appeared on national television Sunday (May 5), airing on the popular news program Fantastico, which is on Brazil's main television network Globo.
The shooting, which took place on May 11, 2012, began after police monitoring one of Rio's most wanted alleged drug traffickers, Marcio Pereira, nicknamed "Mathematician," notified a police helicopter that they believed Pereira could be found in the Korea favela, located in Rio's West zone.
According to police, Pereira was running a drug trafficking ring through four different favelas in one of the most populous regions of Rio.
Reportedly, from an altitude of between 900 and 1200 meters (about 3,000 and 3,900 feet), police spotted a man that in the video's audio police said "looked like" Pereira. The helicopter then descended to an altitude of between 20 and 40 meters (about 65 to 130 feet) before pursuing a vehicle that apparently had Pereira travelling inside it.
Police eventually opened fire, shooting several rounds while chasing the speeding car.
The car eventually halted and was surrounded by people in the area. Pereira did manage to escape, but was then found dead the next day in a parked car.
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