Four police officers have died as their helicopter was “downed” in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro amid an ongoing operation, local media report. Videos of the crashed aircraft emerged, with reports saying there was shooting in the area prior to the crash.
Police have confirmed the death of four policemen in the crash, Brazilian news portal G1 reported, citing Major Ivan Blaz, media coordinator of the Brazilian Military Police.
BandNews FM reported, an investigation into the causes of the crash will be carried by Aeronautical Accidents Investigation and Prevention Center, a unit of Brazilian Air Force, on Sunday.
Eyewitnesses on Twitter reported continuous shooting and a police presence in the Cidade de Deus (City of God) neighborhood in western Rio de Janeiro, which is a well-known Brazilian slum area often referred to as CDD.