AN ARMED robber was shot dead by cops after allegedly stealing from a jewellery store and taking an elderly woman hostage.
The thief, armed with a revolver, was surrounded by police when he tried to rob a jewellery shop in Valencia, south-east Brazil, yesterday morning.
And footage has emerged of the stand-off between them which ended very dramatically.
In the clip, the thief is surrounded by officers who train their guns on him.
But the thug grabbed hold of 83-year-old Tereza de Jesus Sacramento, who happened to be walking past, using her as a human shield and pointing a gun at her head.
Eyewitnesses are shocked at the thief, shouting “let her go” and “think of what you’re doing”.
Some even encouraged the police to shoot him.
Moving down the pavement, the thief suddenly decides to move onto the road as he spots another armed officer approaching.
But the elderly hostage cannot move as fast, falling to the ground and leaving him exposed.
And the cops immediately react, shooting the thief as the deafening sound of bullets leaves witnesses petrified.
It is all over quickly, the assailant dying from bullet wounds.
Seeing that the danger is over, the people then begin cheering and applauding the armed police.
The suspect, who has not been identified, had reportedly just looted the Barra Joias shop.
Cops said they ordered with the kidnapper to let the woman go and to hand himself in along his weapon, but he reportedly refused to give himself up or release his hostage.
The situation was critical, the authorities said, because the cornered gangster started to manhandle the frail woman and with the loaded weapon at her head anything could have triggered her fatality.
Police Chief Colonel Antonio Matos of the South Fluminense Police Battalion said: “Guidance was given to the suspect to release the hostage, give up the weapon and surrender. However he refused to obey and ended up being killed.
“The most important outcome was that [Tereza] was saved.”
The retrieved bag was allegedly contained over 40,000 reais (£8,000) worth for the valuable stock.
Tereza escaped unharmed but received medical attention at the Escola hospital and is said to still be undergoing medical tests.
Colonel Matos praised his officers calling them “courageous and heroic”.
“They are to be commended because they were willing to risk their lives,” he said.