RIO DE JANEIRO – Six suspects died and three other people were wounded on Thursday in a confrontation between police and members of a gang accused of killing a cop, Brazilian authorities said.
The gun-battle took place in Cidade de Deus, the Rio de Janeiro favela (shantytown) made famous by the film “City of God,” and the violence obliged municipal officials to shut down a major thoroughfare for nearly four hours.
This latest episode comes roughly 2˝ months after President Michel Temer put Brazil’s armed forces in charge of public safety in Rio de Janeiro state.
The aim of the raid in Cidade de Deus was to apprehend the gang members blamed for Wednesday night’s killing of state police Capt. Estefan Cruz Contreiras in the course of an apparent attempt to steal his motorcycle.
The death of Contreiras, 36, brings to 40 the number of police officers slain so far this year in Rio de Janeiro, which saw 6,731 homicides in 2017.