14-Year-Old Boy Killed at Home during Federal Police Operation in Rio

Family says agents arrived shooting; police say teenager was shot in confrontation

Júlia Barbon Marcela Lemos
Rio de Janeiro

A 14-year-old boy was shot on Monday (18) inside his uncle's house in São Gonçalo, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro, during a Federal Police operation supposed by Rio de Janeiro's Civil and Military police in the Salgueiro Complex.

Relatives and friends say that João Pedro Matos Pinto was playing with his cousins when drug dealers jumped the wall to flee from the agents, who came back shooting and hit the young man in the belly. Police say the teenager was hit during a confrontation with these criminals.

João Pedro de Matos Pinto, 14, morto durante operação da Polícia Federal em São Gonçalo, na região metropolitana do Rio
João Pedro de Matos Pinto - Twitter

The boy was rescued in a Civil Police helicopter of the Civil Police and taken to the Firefighter aerial operations, which is in the south of Rio, about 18 km away in a straight line. According to the Fire Department, he was already dead, and a doctor from the corporation attested the death at around 15:15.

Without being able to get on the helicopter and without receiving information, the family started a search all night in hospitals and police stations and created a campaign on social networks with "#procurasejoaopedro." They only reported having found his body this Tuesday morning (19), at the IML (Legal Medical Institute) of the city.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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