Mara Esperanza Jimnez Ruiz killed when vehicle failed to stop at checkpoint but police say: Not following a police order does not justify shooting
Two military police officers have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Spanish tourist who was on a guided tour of one of Brazils largest slums, an official said on Tuesday.
Police said Mara Esperanza Jimnez Ruiz was shot in the neck on Monday when the vehicle she was travelling in failed to stop at a police checkpoint in Rio de Janeiros Rocinha neighbourhood. The 67-year-old was taken to a hospital but died from her injuries.
Officers said they could not see inside the car because it had darkly tinted windows, according to Fbio Cardoso, an inspector with the civil police force, which investigates crimes. The driver has said he never saw the checkpoint or a request to stop.
I want to be clear that a car not following a police order does not justify shooting, Cardoso told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday.
He said that Lt Davi dos Santos Ribeiro fired the fatal shot and was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. He said another officer, who has not been named, shot into the air and was also arrested. Six firearms have been seized.