Olympics police officer shot in head

Olympics police officer shot in head
The Rio Olympic Village in an action pose. (Image: Screen grab of WSJ video, YouTube)

[Ed. – It doesn’t appear that this particular event was directly related to the Olympics, per se.  Of course, that’s not necessarily a positive point either.  It sounds like the cops were in an unfamiliar area because of their Olympics security assignment, but were probably killed just because the local gang sentries didn’t know who they were.]

A police officer was shot in the head after he and two others working security at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics got lost near a slum and encountered gunfire.

The officers from Brazil’s national security force were using a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar streets Wednesday afternoon when they took a wrong turn off a highway leading to Rio’s international airport. Their truck was sprayed with bullets, and officer Helio Vieira was shot. The Justice Ministry said Vieira was recovering after a four-hour surgery, and was in stable condition. The other officers suffered minor injuries when the windows of their vehicle shattered.

Dozens of heavily armed commandos could be seen Thursday frisking residents and going house to house in the Mare complex of slums, one of Rio’s most crime-ridden areas that is dominated by drug-trafficking gangs. Snipers took up positions on a nearby highway, as a low-flying police helicopter circled overhead.

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