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Leandro Lo: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion shot in São Paulo club

By Alys Davies

BBC News

Leandro Lo competing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2014Image source, Getty Images

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Leandro Lo competing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2014

One of Brazil’s greatest Jiu Jitsu champions of all time, Leandro Lo, has been shot in the head in a nightclub in São Paulo.

Lo, 33, was at a club when he was allegedly shot by an off-duty police officer who is now on the run, police said.

Lo was taken to hospital where he was declared brain dead hours later.

He was one of the most successful Jiu Jitsu athletes of all time, having won the World Championships eight times.

According to a police report seen by local media, Lo – whose full name is Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento – was approached by an off-duty police officer while out with friends at the Clube Sirio – a sports and social club to the south of the city.

Witnesses said the police officer started making threatening gestures with a glass bottle at the table. Lo then immobilised him and told him to go away.

The police officer then allegedly pulled a gun out and shot Lo in the forehead, police said.

Lo was rushed to hospital, where he was declared brain dead, according to his family lawyer. His family said his condition is irreversible.

An attempted murder investigation has been opened and police are searching for the suspect, police said.

Lo won the World Championships eight times in five different weight classes, an all time record.

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