Police Say the Bullet that Killed Ágatha Came from a Rifle

Civil Police conclude that it is not possible to know the caliber of the bullet found in the girl's body

Júlia Barbon
Rio de Janeiro

Police concluded that the bullet that hit Agatha Felix, 8, came from "rifle-type firearms."  But it is not possible to conclude whether it came from the seven guns seized by military police officers who were working the night the girl was killed.

Only a deformed fragment of the bullet was found inside the child's body. According to the ICCE (Carlos Éboli Criminalistics Institute) report, it consists of a hardened lead core, without its metallic coating, weighing 4.5 grams and measuring up to 21.55 mm in length.

A cross sits planted by members of NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) in memory of 8-year-old Agatha Sales Felix at Aterro do Flamengo park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 23, 2019. Felix was killed by a stray bullet at the Alemao complex slum during a police operation. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes - REUTERS

With this information, it will be possible to know the caliber of the weapon that was fired. The bullet is "devoid of the technical elements to determine the nominal gauge, number, and direction of the lanes [gauge-indicating grooves], as well as micro-traits of criminalistic value, which makes it unviable for examination," the report says.

Five rifles and two pistols were seized from UPP Fazendinha [Pacifying Police Unit] police officers. Of these weapons, three rifles were used the night Agatha was shot.

Another report, from the IML (Legal Medical Institute), said that the bullet pierced the girl's back. She died with cuts in the liver, right kidney, and vessels of the abdomen. A reconstitution of the case is scheduled for next Tuesday (1).

The van in which she was hit has already been inspected. It is still in the police station parking lot, accessible to anyone passing by with the windows open. One can see the shooting mark in the backseat, but there are no holes in the trunk, which was open at the time of the shooting.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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