A soldier from Military police of State of São Paulo died after being shot on the afternoon of this Friday, 2, in the city of Santos, on the coast of São Paulo. The agent Samuel Wesley Cosmo, 35 years old, part of the Open Rounds Tobias de Aguiar (Route), elite group of the São Paulo PM. The Secretary of Public Security, Guilherme Derrite, has already announced an operation to locate the suspects. According to the PM, three people were arrested.
Cosmo was hit on Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, in the Rádio Clube neighborhood, northwest of the city, the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) said in a statement. He was taken to Santa Casa, underwent a surgical procedure, but did not survive his injuries. According to the ministry, teams from the Military Police and Civil Police carry out searches in the region “aimed at identifying and arresting criminals”.
According to the PM, three individuals were arrested. “The operation remains in force until the facts are completely clarified.”
“With great regret, I recently received the news of the death of Soldier PM Samuel Wesley Cosmo, victim of the actions of criminals while patrolling in Santos”, wrote governor Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans) in a note published on X (formerly Twitter). “We will identify and arrest those responsible for attacking our police”, added the head of Palácio dos Bandeirantes.
The Secretary of Public Security of the State, Guilherme Derrite, also stated in a statement made in X that he is in the city of Baixada Santista. “I’m in Santos, where we started an operation to locate the criminals who cowardly shot Sd (Soldier) Cosmo, a Rota police officer, during an incursion into a region under the influence of crime”, he said. “We will give all our support to the family and spare no effort so that this crime does not go unpunished”.
On the 26th, the soldier Marcelo Augusto da Silvaaged 28, was shot and killed around 2:30 in the morning while riding a motorcycle on Rodovia dos Imigrantes, in Cubatão, also in Baixada Santista. The soldier had worked in Operation Verão, in Praia Grande, another city on the coast, and was returning to São Paulo, when he was attacked by the suspects. He was part of the 38th Metropolitan Military Police Battalion, in São Paulo.
Also in January, two other military police officers died in the actions of criminals. On the 18th, soldier PM Sabrina Freire Romão Franklin, aged 30, was murdered after an attempted robbery in Parelheiros, in the south of São Paulo. On the same day, the reserve military police officer, Paulo Marcelo da Silveira, aged 69, was the victim of a robbery in Jardim Eldorado, also in the south zone of the capital.
The series of attacks on police officers in São Paulo – there were other cases in cities in the interior, but without deaths – led the São Paulo government to launch a series of Operations Shields to locate the suspects and also recover weapons that were occasionally stolen from the victims.
Last year, soldier Patrick Bastos Reis, also from Rota, was murdered in Guarujá, during a raid in an area of the city known as a drug trafficking hotspot. Reis’ death sparked the launch of Operation Shield that lasted 40 days and ended with the arrest of more than 950 people and 28 deaths.