Brazilian authorities on Sunday arrested a police officer accused of killing wrestler Leandro Lo with a bullet to the head.one of the greatest figures in the world of jiu-jitsu and eight times world champion of this martial art, with whom he would have argued during an evening in Sao Paulo.
Lt. Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo, a 30-year-old militarized police officer from São Paulo, he presented himself to his superiors and was immediately arrested as a suspect in the crime It happened in the early hours of this Sunday.
The arrest was made pursuant to an order issued by the Sao Paulo Court of Justice which requested that he be provisionally arrested for 30 days while he is being investigated as the main suspect in the murder of the world champion.
According to the civil police, Oliveira Velozo was taken to the police station to testify as a suspect and later he will be transferred to a special prison for law enforcement officers.
The murder took place in the exclusive Sirio Club, in the south of Sao Paulothe largest city in Brazil, where the athlete had gone with friends to see a performance by a popular music group at a party.
According to witnesses, the fighter had an argument for reasons not yet clarified with an apparently drunk man and the one who was immobilized with a typical martial arts armbar in an attempt to calm him down. Once freed, the attacker pulled out a gun and shot the world champion in the head.
The victim was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed as brain dead.
Although he fled the scene of the crime, the alleged attacker, dressed in civilian clothes and enjoying his day off, was identified by witnesses And with the help of security cameras.
According to press reports, the accused already had a criminal record for acts of indiscipline.for interfering in an argument and assaulting another police officer during an incident at a Sao Paulo bar.
Leandro Pereira do Nascimento Lo, 33, was an eight-time world jiu-jitsu champion in five different categories and has won five World Cup titles in this sport, as well as eight Pan American titles in this sport.
The fighter, who won his first world title in 2012 in the lightweight category, was still active and in May this year he won another world title, but in the light heavyweight category.
The Brazilian was expected to contest a championship in the United States in the coming days.