Thin blue line breaking after 100th death: Rio Police

Police families mourn as 100th officer killed in Rio this year Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Brazil Aug 29, 2017, 10.03 AM (IST)

Fabio Jose Cavalcante e Sa, 39 years old, became the 100th police officer killed this year in the state Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when he was shot on Saturday (August 26).

Sa had just arrived at a store his parents own in a working class section outside the city of Rio de Janeiro when he was shot ten times by a group of men.

Police have not commented on motive yet, but local media report Sa had attempted to stop a burglary when he was shot by armed assailants.

Sa was married with one child and had been a member of Rio de Janeiro's military police for 18 years.

Violence is a chronic problem in the state of Rio de Janeiro and the first quarter of 2017 saw 3,457 violent deaths compared with 3,006 during the same period last year.

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Police have not commented on motive yet, but local media report Sa had attempted to stop a burglary when he was shot by armed assailants. ||Sa was married with one child and had been a member of Rio de Janeiro's military police for 18 years.

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