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A man has been killed by a police sniper after he held dozens of people hostage on a public bus in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday.
William Augusto Nascimento boarded the bus at 5.25am brandishing what appeared to be a firearm to hold 37 people hostage on a busy bridge linking the suburb of Sao Gonçalo to downtown Rio de Janeiro. It was later discover that the weapon was a toy gun.
Abductor - Suspect - Vehicle - Fire - Middle
The masked abductor suspect threatened to set the vehicle on fire in the middle of a bridge.
Cellphone footage shows Nascimento being shot at 9.04am as he stepped out of the vehicle.
Arrest - Hospital
He went into cardiac arrest and was transported to a local hospital where he was declared dead.
According to police reports, Nascimento told the bus driver to drive to Rio.
Standoff - Passengers - Women - Hours - Control
During the standoff he released three passengers - including two women - within two hours of taking control over the bus.
Rio de Janeiro's elite police force, known as BOPE, led the negotiations and spoke directly to the man when he initially got off the bus at 7.45am before he quickly went back inside.
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