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Tragic moment police officer attempts to prevent a store robbery before he is shot dead

Tragic moment hero cop and father-two is killed by an armed robber who sneaks upon him in Brazil

  • Military Police corporal Derinaldo Cardoso died following a surgery after he was shot in the head in at a store in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil, on Friday
  • Cardoso and another officer are seen on surveillance video encountering two thieves before Jonathan Santos shot him at point blank range
  • Santos turned himself in to the police on Sunday and confessed to the crime
  • The 34-year-old Cardoso leaves behind a wife and two children 

This is the tragic moment a police officer encountered two store thieves in Brazil before one of the suspects shot him in the head Friday.

Military Police corporal Derinaldo Cardoso was rushed to Nova Iguaçu General Hospital in Baixada Fluminense and underwent emergency surgery. The 34-year-old married father-of-two was transferred to the intensive care unit but later died from his injuries.  

The surveillance video shows Cardoso and his partner aiming their weapons at Jhonny Silva while an armed Jonathan Santos was hiding behind a shelf. 

Military Police corporal Derinaldo Cardoso was killed Friday in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil, when he responded to a robbery at a store. The 34-year-old leaves behind a wife and two children

Jonathan Santos hides behind a stand before he approached police officer Derinaldo Cardoso and shot him in the head on Friday at a story in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil. Cardoso was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery before dying

Jonathan Santos hides behind a stand before he approached police officer Derinaldo Cardoso and shot him in the head on Friday at a story in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil. Cardoso was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery before dying

Members of the Military Police in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil, pose with Jonathan Santos after capturing him Sunday as he attempted to arrange his surrender to authorities after telling his mother he had shot dead officer Derinaldo Cardoso during a foiled store robbery Friday

Members of the Military Police in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil, pose with Jonathan Santos after capturing him Sunday as he attempted to arrange his surrender to authorities after telling his mother he had shot dead officer Derinaldo Cardoso during a foiled store robbery Friday

Santos subsequently walked around the shelf and fired a shot at Cardoso in the head, and then fled the store with Silva and a third accomplice, Wagner da Silva, who acted as a lookout. 

A store customer was shot in the thigh and wounded during the shooting, but the person’s injury was non-life threatening and they were discharged from a local medical facility the same day. 

Authorities arrested Silva on Friday night. Da Silva and Santos were arrested at an area home, where the shooter had been planning to arrange his surrender after confessing the chilling murder to his mother. 

Jonathan Santos told his mother, 'I ended my life, I didn't want to do that,' after confessing to killing police officer Derinaldo Cardoso

Jonathan Santos told his mother, ‘I ended my life, I didn’t want to do that,’ after confessing to killing police officer Derinaldo Cardoso

Police officer Derinaldo Cardoso is captured on a surveillance video aiming his weapon at one of the three store robbery suspects before one of the assailants shot him in the head

Police officer Derinaldo Cardoso is captured on a surveillance video aiming his weapon at one of the three store robbery suspects before one of the assailants shot him in the head

According to Brazilian online portal O Dia, the startled mother feared for her son’s life after the police visited the home he shared with his wife and told them that he had until 5pm local time to turn himself in or that they would employ all methods, including force, to go after him.

Santos’ mother said her son recognized his grave mistake when he told her, ‘Mom, I ended my life, I didn’t want to do that.’

Cardoso was scheduled to celebrate 10 years of service on the police force in January 2021.

His murder comes just two months after friend and fellow police officer, Cirio Damasceno, was killed in the line of the duty while pursuing a vehicle in Rio de Janeiro.

Cardoso recorded a touching tribute for the fallen cop, acknowledging the constant dangers that came with the job.

‘Many people come to tell me it is the profession that we chose, that when we chose to be policemen, we know all the risks,’ he said in Portuguese. ‘When we join the Military Police, we swear to sacrifice our lives in defense of society, of citizens who don’t even know us, [who] know and often criticize us.’

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