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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champ shot dead by an ‘off-duty policeman’

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Leandro Lo has died after being shot in the head. The 33-year-old was at a concert in Sao Paulo when he got into a fight with another man.


Policeman Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo has confessed to killing Leandro Lo, an eight-time jiu-jitsu world champion, during a concert over the weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

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What went down?

Velozo is accused of shooting Lo in the head at Clube Sirio during a dispute over a bottle of alcohol. Witnesses claimed that after Velozo took the bottle from Lo’s table, Lo, who also happens to be a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, pinned the policeman down to maintain control of the situation. They were separated, and Velozo was permitted to stand up again. However, he took a few steps back before shooting Lo once in the forehead. A few hours later, Lo was pronounced dead.

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According to UOL, Velozo’s encounter with the law was not his first. The police officer was convicted of assaulting another police officer in a nightclub in 2017. He was found guilty, but no jail time was imposed.

At the age of 33, Lo passed away having won a long list of illustrious jiu-jitsu championships, including eight gold medals at the IBJJF Worlds. Gordon Ryan, Andre Galvao, Gilbert Burns, and Felipe Pena were just a few of the opponents he defeated.

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