The soldier who participated in the operation that ended with a kidnapper shot in Belo Horizonte, this Thursday (22), was arrested after the incident.
Colonel Eduardo Felisberto, Chief of Staff of the Military Police of Minas Gerais, explains that this is standard procedure according to the Military Justice, since there was one shot at the event.
An arrest warrant was issued for the sniper who shot the kidnapper. Now, the decision on the matter is up to the Court.
“Despite being an act considered to exclude illegality provided for in the Brazilian Penal Code, it is necessary that a military judicial procedure be carried out for a decision by the Justice, later”, detailed the colonel.
The head of the Minas Gerais PM also explained that the decision to use a sniper to shoot Leandro Mendes Pereira, 39, was based on the technical protocols of BOPE (Special Operations Battalion), as the kidnapper did not give in to the negotiations and indicated that he would kill the two hostages.
The commander of BOPE in Minas Gerais, Colonel Ricardo Geraldo de Oliveira Viana, explained that the protocol for cases like this includes three stages: negotiation, forced entry into the prison and shooting at the kidnapper.
“During the night, the kidnapper began to get nervous. At around 6:30 am, he showed up with the child on his lap, with a gun to the child’s head”, detailed the commander, explaining that Pereira was unyielding in the negotiation. The man wanted to see his ex-wife, who is his cousin. He did not accept the end of the relationship and spoke of his ex-partner’s betrayal.
The commander also explains that the decision to shoot took place after almost 16 hours of conversation, as the characteristics of the house did not favor entry into the place.
“He was on the second floor of the house and had a view from top to bottom. There was an inclined and narrow staircase, with more than 30 steps, which gave access to this place. So, the invasion attempt was not efficient”, he detailed.
The kidnapper was hit in the face and taken to Hospital João 23. His condition is considered serious. He must undergo surgery. Pereira kept his 7-year-old ex-stepson and a stepbrother of his ex-wife in prison. According to investigators, the kidnapper intended to target his ex-partner.
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