Police Helicopter Shot Down in Rio's City of God

StoryfulPublished: May 31, 201726 views
Published: May 31, 2017

Four officers died when their helicopter was reportedly shot down over the City of God favela in Rio de Janeiro during a police operation on Saturday evening, November 19.

According to <a href="http://noticias.band.uol.com.br/cidades/noticia/100000831933/rj-helicoptero-cai-na-regiao-da-cidade-de-deus.html" target="_blank">local reports</a>, the chopper was supporting a ground operation against local drug traffickers when it was hit by an unidentified projectile. Earlier in the day fighting with criminal gangs <a href="http://noticias.band.uol.com.br/cidades/rio/noticia/100000831886/motoristas-ficam-encurralados-em-tiroteio-na-linha-amarela.html" target="_blank">closed the main Yellow Line</a> highway for 40 minutes.

It is not the first time that a police helicopter was shot down in the city. In a similar incident in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/oct/17/rio-favela-violence-helicopter" target="_blank">2009</a>, drug traffickers downed a helicopter in another Rio favela killing three policemen.

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