Leandro Lo: BJJ great brain dead after Brazil club shooting

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An off-duty military police officer was reportedly arrested after the incident



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(LR) Victor Estima of Brazil competes with Leandro Lo in the men’s 82 kg black belt final during the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship in April 2014 (Photo: Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Leandro Lo, one of the greatest Brazilian jiu-jitsu champions of all time, was shot in the head in a São Paulo nightclub.

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According to local police, Lo was at the club when he was allegedly shot by an off-duty police officer.

With eight world titles, Lo is one of the most successful jiu-jitsu athletes of all time.

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But what exactly happened to him and did he survive the whole ordeal?

Here’s everything you need to know.

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What happened?

According to a police report obtained by local media, Lo was approached by an off-duty military policeman while out with friends at Clube Sirio, a sports and social club in southern São Paulo.

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Witnesses said the officer began making threatening gestures to Lo with a glass bottle.

The eight-time world jiu-jitsu champion used his skills to immobilize the officer and ordered him to leave.

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But the officer then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Lo in the forehead.

Witnesses also said the attacker kicked Lo on the ground twice after the shooting before fleeing the scene.

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The incident happened during a concert by Brazilian pop group Pixote – apparently few people heard the gunshot as it was drowned out by the show’s volume.

did he survive

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Lo’s family attorney said the jiu-jitsu star was taken to the hospital after the shooting, where he was pronounced brain dead.

His condition is irreversible, according to his family.

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Because brain death occurs when a person loses all brain function, meaning they are unable to regain consciousness or breathe unaided, in many countries a brain dead person is legally pronounced dead.

Who is the suspect?

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According to the São Paulo Paulo Public Security Secretariat, a plainclothes police officer requested the preventive detention of military officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, who has been identified as the gunman.

Velozo reportedly grabbed a bottle of liquor from Lo’s table and told the jiu-jitsu practitioner to take him down and hold him.

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They got separated, but Velozo got up, drew his gun and shot Lo in the forehead.

Corresponding local sourcesVelozo was arrested late Sunday afternoon (August 7) ​​after facing interior affairs.

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He is imprisoned in Romão Gomes prison.

Who was Leandro Lo?

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Born in 1989, 33-year-old Leandro Lo (full name: Leandro Pereira do Nascimento Lo) was an eight-time world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

He had also won the World Championship, Pan American Championship, and Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship titles.

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From 2011 to 2013 he had an unbeaten winning streak in the Copa Podio, a top-flight international jiu-jitsu league, and his techniques earned him a reputation as one of the best pound-for-pound grapplers to ever grace the mat have stood.

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