Brazil cops promoted for quick response to school shooting

10:27, April 14, 2011      

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Three Brazilian policemen were promoted Tuesday for their quick response to last week's school shooting in Rio.

Third Sergeant Marcio Alves, who was the first to reach the scene and shot the suspect in the legs, was promoted to Second Sergeant, while Corporals Edinei Feliciano da Silva and Denilson Francisco de Paula were both made Third Sergeant.

Their promotion was witnessed by Vice President Michel Temer and Rio Governor Sergio Cabral at the Rio police headquarters.

The suspect, Wellington Oliveira, 23, entered his former elementary school in a working-class neighborhood of Rio last Thursday. He shot dead 12 pupils, leaving more than a dozen others wounded. He was then shot in the legs by Alves before committing suicide.

Police said the three policemen's timely arrival prevented more deaths, as Oliveira still had enough bullets to kill dozens of children before the police arrived.

But Alves still said he regretted not being able to save more children.

"I'd rather not receive this decoration, if it meant the children's lives."

Source: Xinhua
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