Lo, 33, was reportedly shot at a bar in the Saude neighbourhood by an off-duty police officer who is now on the run, according to the police. Lo was brought to the hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced brain dead. Having won the World Championships eight times, he was among the greatest Jiu Jitsu competitors ever.
Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento, better known by his full name Lo, was contacted by an off-duty police officer while out with friends at the Clube Sirio, a sports and social club south of the city, according to a police report obtained by local media.
According to witnesses, the policeman began threatening motions at the table while holding a glass bottle. Then Lo immobilised him and ordered him to go. The policeman reportedly then reached for his pistol and shot Lo once in the forehead, according to the police.
According to Lo’s family attorney, he was taken to the hospital where doctors pronounced him brain dead. His health is terminal, according to his relatives. Police say they have launched an attempted murder investigation and are looking for the culprit. Lo holds the all-time record with eight victories in the World Championships in three separate weight classes.