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Wanted murderer Lázaro Barbosa (pictured in a previous mugshot) was shot dead on Sunday

Wanted murderer Lázaro Barbosa (pictured in a previous mugshot) was shot dead on Sunday

Wanted murderer Lázaro Barbosa (pictured in a previous mugshot) was shot dead on Sunday 

A gunman who murdered a family-of-four in cold blood, before taking another family hostage during his 20 days on the run, has been shot dead by police. 

Almost 300 cops, plus K9s and a helicopter were deployed to take down Lázaro Barbosa, 32, after he was spotted in the city of Águas Lindas, west of Brasilia, in Brazil on Sunday.

Authorities say he was shot after he opened fire on the police as they closed in on him. Local media footage shows officers dragging a blood-stained Barbosa from the back of a vehicle into an ambulance as officers cheered; ”It’s over, it’s over, it’s over!’

Paramedics rushed him to Bom Jesus Municipal Hospital where he died.

Barbosa has been on-the-run since June 9 when he broke into a farm home in the Federal District town of Ceilândi, where he shot and stabbed Cláudio Vidal, 48, and his two sons, Gustavo Vidal, 21, and Carlos Vidal, 15.

Vidal’s wife and mother of their two children, Cleonice Marques, 43, saw Barbosa breaking into the residence and called family members to seek help but was taken hostage, her brother told the police. 

Barbosa led Marques to a stream near the home and shot her dead, abandoning her body at the site, where fire fighters located her June 12.

During the 20 days that Barbosa avoided capture, the career criminal shot two police officers. Their wounds were not considered life threatening.

Brazilian online news portal G1 reported that Barbosa broke into at least 11 homes. 

Gustavo Vidal

Gustavo Vidal

Carlos Vidal

Carlos Vidal

Gustavo Vidal, 21, (left) and Carlos Vidal, 15, (right) were shot and stabbed dead by murder suspect Lázaro Barbosa on June 9 inside their farm house in Ceilândi, Brazil

Cleonice Marques

Cleonice Marques

Cláudio Vidal

Cláudio Vidal

Cleonice Marques (left) was kidnapped and shot dead after the attempted to alert her family when Lázaro Barbosa broke into her home and launched a deadly attack against her husband, Cláudio Vidal (right), and her two children on June 9 in Ceilândi, Brazil

Three days after the murder, he broke into a farm where he shot and injured four people before he burned down the home. He allegedly kidnapped the farmhouse’s caretaker and forced him to smoke marijuana. 

On June 14, Barbosa was reportedly shot by man housesitting a residence in Cocalzinho de Goiás.

The next day, Barbosa invaded a home and kidnapped a married couple and their 16-year-old daughter, but not before the girl alerted the police with a text message.

The murder suspect took the teen and her parents into a nearby forest and forced them to walk through a stream so that they would not leave any foot tracks. 

He fled after he saw police helicopters hovering over the area. The three individuals were rescued by the police. 

Barbosa had called his mother two days after the killings and told her that he had not acted alone. 

Cops in Brazil drag murder suspect Lázaro Barbosa after he was wounded during a shootout in the central state of Goiás. The 32-year-old had evaded capture since June 9 for killing married couple and their two children. While eluding the police, Barbosa kidnapped a family and also shot two cops, who survived

Cops in Brazil drag murder suspect Lázaro Barbosa after he was wounded during a shootout in the central state of Goiás. The 32-year-old had evaded capture since June 9 for killing married couple and their two children. While eluding the police, Barbosa kidnapped a family and also shot two cops, who survived

Cops in Brazil drag murder suspect Lázaro Barbosa after he was wounded during a shootout in the central state of Goiás. The 32-year-old had evaded capture since June 9 for killing married couple and their two children. While eluding the police, Barbosa kidnapped a family and also shot two cops, who survived

Authorities in Goiás, Brazil, carry Lázaro Barbosa after he was wounded in a shootout and arrested on Monday

Authorities in Goiás, Brazil, carry Lázaro Barbosa after he was wounded in a shootout and arrested on Monday

Authorities in Goiás, Brazil, carry Lázaro Barbosa after he was wounded in a shootout and arrested on Monday

However, authorities have not arrested any other suspects linked to the massacre.

Police finally caught up with him on Sunday in Águas Lindas – just three miles from the home where his ex-wife lives with her mother, Public Security Secretary Rodney Miranda said during a press conference.

He was wearing a military police jacket and was also in possession of a police badge at the time of his arrest.

Barbosa, who had escaped from prison on three occasions, was planning to meet his former wife and warned the police that he would shoot himself in the face.

Public Security Secretary Miranda said that after Barbosa’s arrest, they found he had a gun and hundreds of dollars – ‘proof that he had people with him making out work difficult,’ he added.  

‘It was a matter of time before our police, the most prepared in the country, captured the murderer Lázaro Barbosa,’ Goiás Governor Ronaldo Calado tweeted after the arrest.

A police officer checks a house during a June 20 operation in Brazil to capture Lázaro Barbosa

A police officer checks a house during a June 20 operation in Brazil to capture Lázaro Barbosa

A police officer checks a house during a June 20 operation in Brazil to capture Lázaro Barbosa

Barbosa has been on-the-run since June 9 when he broke into a farm home in the Federal District town of Ceilândi, where he shot and stabbed Cláudio Vidal, 48, and his two sons, Gustavo Vidal, 21, and Carlos Vidal, 15

Barbosa has been on-the-run since June 9 when he broke into a farm home in the Federal District town of Ceilândi, where he shot and stabbed Cláudio Vidal, 48, and his two sons, Gustavo Vidal, 21, and Carlos Vidal, 15

Barbosa has been on-the-run since June 9 when he broke into a farm home in the Federal District town of Ceilândi, where he shot and stabbed Cláudio Vidal, 48, and his two sons, Gustavo Vidal, 21, and Carlos Vidal, 15

Barbosa has been on-the-run since June 9 when he broke into a farm home in the Federal District town of Ceilândi, where he shot and stabbed Cláudio Vidal, 48, and his two sons, Gustavo Vidal, 21, and Carlos Vidal, 15

Barbosa has been on-the-run since June 9 when he broke into a farm home in the Federal District town of Ceilândi, where he killed a family 

‘Congratulations to our security forces. You are a source of great pride for our people! Goiás is not a bandit’s Disneyland.’

Barbosa’s criminal rap sheet stretches all the way back to 2007, when he was arrested in Barra dos Mendes, Bahia, on double murder charges, but escaped from prison 10 days after his capture. 

He was arrested in 2009 and jailed at the Papuda Penitentiary Complex in Brasilia, but escaped in March 2016. He was nabbed in March 2018 and then escaped jail July 2018. 

Barbosa broke into a farm in the Goiás town of Santo Antônio do Descoverto on April 8, 2020 and attacked an elderly man with an ax.

Authorities said that was involved in a home invasion in the Federal District city of Sol Nascente on April 26, 2021, and locked a man and his son in a bedroom before he raped his wife. 

On May 17, Barbosa once again attempted to rob a house and took a family hostage. He locked the men in a room and forced the women to remove their clothing and cook him dinner.

Barbosa’s aunt Zilda Maria told G1 that she learned of her fugitive nephew’s arrest on television while visiting her local electricity provider’s office. 

‘It’s something we have to conform to, but when we see the images… I am shaken,’ she said from her home in Barra do Mendes, Bahia. ‘I still don’t know how his mother is doing, but she shouldn’t be ok. I’m not happy with the news, but we have to put up with it.’

Maria described Barbosa as a ‘dear person,’ but added that the police hunt for her nephew cost the family a lot of sleepless nights. 

‘I still don’t know what we’re going to do with the body, whether we’re going to bury it there or here. I saw the image of him dead and at the time he even went hungry,’ Maria said. ‘But now everyone will live in peace. Everyone was afraid, even [us] here. Even though we knew he wouldn’t come here, we lost nights of sleep.’ 

Source: Daily Mail

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