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Rio Olympic officer who was shot after wrong turn into slum dies

AP | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 12, 2016, 2:44 pm IST
Updated Aug 12, 2016, 2:44 pm IST
Officer Helio Vieira was shot dead at the Rio's International airport, he died on Thursday. (Photo: Facebook)
 Officer Helio Vieira was shot dead at the Rio's International airport, he died on Thursday. (Photo: Facebook)

Rio de Janerio: A police officer has died after being shot in the head when he and two others working security at the Rio Olympics got lost near a slum and encountered gunfire.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes announced Helio Vieira's death early today on his official Facebook page.

The officers from Brazil's national security force were using a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar streets on Wednesday afternoon when they took a wrong turn off a highway leading to Rio's international airport.

Their truck was sprayed with bullets, and officer Helio Vieira was shot. He died late on Thursday.

The other officers suffered minor injuries when the windows of their vehicle shattered.

More than 85,000 security forces have been deployed in Rio for the Olympics, which is double the number of London in 2012.

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