Military Police soldier Thiago Cesar de Lima, 36, who was arrested red-handed in São Paulo, in the early hours of last Sunday (3), after shooting his wife, Erika Ferreira, 33, during an argument, his arrest was converted into preventive at the custody hearing held this Monday.
The entire crime was caught on a security camera on Rua Bananalzinho, in the Perus neighborhood, where it all happened. The images are strong. Erika appears getting out of the car and trying to forcibly remove her husband, who is in the back seat, from the vehicle. When he leaves, they argue, the man pulls out his gun and starts punching the woman, until he shoots her twice, at close range. Injured, she even staggers before falling to the ground. He puts her in the car and takes her to the hospital, but she arrives lifeless at the Taipas Emergency Room.
Security camera captures moment when PM shoots wife to death in SP
According to the SP Public Security Secretariat, Thiago was arrested in the act when he was admitted to the hospital. He told the police that he was arguing with the woman inside the car when, during the argument, he ended up shooting her and then trying to help her. A .40 caliber pistol was seized for forensic examination. The case was registered as feminicide by the 4th Women’s Defense Police Station (DDM). The police officer was taken to the Romão Gomes Military Prison (PMRG), where he is being held. The institution’s Internal Affairs Department was also contacted.
The police officer and Erika had only been married for 6 months. Their social networks still display photos of the ceremony, held in May, declarations of love and records of the honeymoon. “You are my daily joy”, commented the woman in one of the posts.
Erika was laid to rest and buried on Monday afternoon, at the Vale das Colinas Cemetery, in the Vila Josefina neighborhood, in Franco da Rocha. She leaves two daughters. The family published a note on social media, expressing their sadness over what happened and asking for privacy.
“It is with deep sadness that I come to announce the death of a person very dear to us all. We did not expect to have to share this news, perhaps no one is ready to say goodbye, but our dear and beloved Erika, after being a victim of femicide in the early hours of On December 3rd, he left us. The author (her husband) was arrested in the act and taken to the Romão Gomes Prison”, published one of the sisters, Cleide Bezerra da Silva. “At this very delicate moment, we family members, in a moment of mourning, ask for all the support and kindness in dealing with what happened.”
The report was unable to contact Thiago César’s defense. He told the police that he had shot because his wife had tried to take the gun away from him, which you cannot see in the images.
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