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Leandro Lo, one of the greatest champions of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial arts sport, was shot in the head at a club in Sao Paulo.
Police said Lu, 33, was at a club in the Saudi neighborhood of Sao Paulo when an off-duty police officer shot him.
Police added that the officer who fired the shot is still on the run.
Lu was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced brain dead hours later.
Lu was one of the most successful jiu-jitsu athletes of all time, winning the world championship 8 times.
According to a police report seen by local media, Lu, whose full name is Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento, was at Club Serio, a social and sports club south of the capital, with a group of friends when an off-duty police officer approached him.
Witnesses said that the police officer started waving a bottle, which was on a table, threateningly. Subsequently, Lou confronted him and paralyzed him, and asked him to leave.
The police officer allegedly pulled out a pistol and shot Luo in the forehead.
Lu was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced brain dead, his family’s lawyer said. His family said his condition is irreversible.
Police said they have opened an investigation into attempted murder and are looking for the suspect.
Low won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 8 times in three different weight classes, which is a record.