On Thursday July 13, 2017, members of the PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital – First Capital Command) gang, two of whom were Brazilians identified as “Macaco” and “Camilo”, traveled to the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, where they attempted to rob a jewelry store.
According to Carlos Romero, the secretary of the government of Bolivia, the police responded to the robbery which lead to a shootout with the gangsters and that left five people dead – three robbers, one female hostage and one Bolivian policeman. A fourth robber and a female accomplice were arrested.
Mr. Romero clarified that the police arrived at the Eurochronos jewelry store within 5 minutes from the emergency report. There they found a group of four armed robbers who were holding civilians hostage.
After the policemen asked them to surrender, the robbers opened fire and killed a lieutenant. In the ensuing exchange of shots, three other police officers were injured. One of them is in critical condition. According to the newspaper “El Deber”, in total there are 8 wounded, between police and jewelry workers.
A woman who was taken hostage tried to escape and was killed by one of the attackers, according to Romero. After that, the assailants ran into the store and were shot by the police.
The same assailants are believed to have robbed the Empire jewelry in Bolivia last year.
Vertical version of the same shootout: