Brazilian cameraman Gelson Domingos was in the slums of Rio de Janeiro documenting the offensive of the Military Police’s Special Operations Batallion (Batalhão de Operações Especiais aka BOPE) against drug traffickers for Bandeirantes TV. He was wearing a bulletproof vest but during the shootout, a bad guy managed to shoot him in such a spot that it took him down. He is heard screaming with pain off camera, a scream which proved to be more than just painful. Gelson Domingos died before emergency services could get to him.
I got to give it to the cameraman for putting himself in the harm’s way to get that perfect shot, but someone should have explained to him that bulletproof vest does not make him invincible. The officer in front of him was hiding behind a trunk of a tree, showing barely enough for a bullet to find him while keeping a very keen eye on the area. Gelson Domingos did none of that. Brave, but stupid. He was only 46 year old when shot.
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