A man possessing ammunition has been taken under custody after he kept several innocent passengers of a bus hostage in Rio de Janeiro, informed the Brazilian police.
The man reportedly identified himself to be a policeman and held 37 passengers hostage while the bus was travelling through a bridge connecting central Rio and Sao Goncalo suburb region on Tuesday.
Many hostages that were safely released during the negotiations informed about how the armed man poured petrol inside the vehicle and then threatened them that he’d set it ablaze.
After a 4-hour negotiation, during which the police informed that the man didn’t make any particular demands, Brazil’s well-known police force called BOPE placed one of its snipers nearby who successfully ‘neutralised’ him.
BOPE said that all the held hostages were later released and did not endure any harm.
Governor of Rio, Wilson Witzel confirmed in a press meet that the hijacker was killed.
It seems like the hijacker had ‘psychological problems’, told a traffic police spokesman to TV Globo news agency.
A video clip posted on social media is believed to depict the moment when the police sniper shot the hijacker. In the footage, one can see a masked man throwing off an object while he steps out of the bus and fall to his knees.