Brazilian Car Chase VS Aerial Platform Sniper

A video was released by Patrulha Policial (Police Patrol) on YouTube. The video appears to be from the body camera of a Brazilian officer, in a helicopter, observing a runaway suspect involved in a high speed pursuit with other Brazilian officers. The sniper next to him appears to be using a FAL.


Warning: Some Graphic Content. There is blood and a bleeding badguy.

The suspect is believed to have been involved in the armed robbery of an armored truck. It is reported that one of the Armored Truck drivers died. You can see the two armored cars below.



Here are the weapons seized from the other armed suspects. Looks like a FAL, two ARs (with magpul stocks), three AK style weapons and possibly a Taurus PT-92.  Screen-Shot-2015-07-06-at-12.35.17-PM


I am not sure what the huge bullets are for.


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  • USMC03Vet

    Brazil is GTA in real life.

    Everyone there needs to be wearing cowboy hats because it’s the wild west over there.

  • Doug

    Two of those are SBRs – I hope they had the stamped Form 1s w/ them, otherwise !

    • J.T.

      Three. AK on the far right is an underfolder.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Looks like somebody saw that crappy Ben Affleck movie.

  • I highly recommend the “Tropa de Elite” film series about “black” militarized police anti-banditism detachment BOPE. These movies harshly criticize widespread corruption AND they’re highest grossing films in the country! Cool right? (and there are a lot of guns)

    Anyway, after these movies, I can’t help but perceive spoken Portugese as BADASS.

    • sean

      very realistic!!! I honestly thought they where shooting real drug dealers for the movie it looked so real!

    • Tassiebush

      I love that film. There’s the sequel too which is also awesome! Brazil makes amazing films!

    • Nicholas Chen

      Yep seen BOPE film. It was awesome.

      • In the sequel he straight up exposes a very sophisticated cartel involving members of parliament, crooked cops and PMCs. I though it was very cool that a movie like this dominated the box office.

  • Esh325

    So they are actual AR15’s, and not full auto M4’s/M16’s?

    • 6.5x55Swedish

      I would guess they are stolen weapons from USA. Drugs goes north and guns goes south. It explains why nice rifles like that comes into the gands of someone who can’t think enough to put sights on them.

      • Tassiebush

        I think the Brazilians enjoy similar gun related freedoms to the United States so I don’t think it fits the guns for drugs model often described with Mexico. Someone could correct me though.

        • 6.5x55swedish

          It seem like they need a license for semi automatic weapons and need a reason to own them (hunting/competition) so more swedish style gun laws if internet is correct.

          • Tassiebush

            Fair enough. I recalled they had a referendum a few years back that stopped increased restrictions. I’ll read up on it.

          • 6.5x55Swedish

            Yeah, do! I’m not that into Brazilian legal stuff 🙂

          • Tassiebush

            Haha fair enough! I looked into it and I was way off. The referendum victory stopped an attempt to ban sale of guns and ammunition and guns to civilians.

        • Vinicius

          No, civilians cant own anything other than .380acp and .38spl. only military and sport shooter can own ”restrict weapons” like a .40 gun, glock 25 is a real hit here.

          • Tassiebush

            Thanks for clarifying that. Can I ask a few more questions?
            So Would a 9mm Luger or .357mag be restricted too?
            What about different types of rifles and shotguns?
            With .38special or .380acp is any licence or registration in place?

          • Pedro Mariano

            Yeah, 9mm and .357 Magnum are restricted too. Any handgun caliber over 407 joules of energy are restricted/prohibited. For Rifles, the max permitted is 1355 joules. And the following calibers are prohibited/restricted for civilians(even if it does not exeed the energy limit): .357 Mag, 9mm Luger/parabellum, .38 Super Auto, .40 S&W, .44 Magnum, .45 ACP, 5.7×28, .223 Rem, .7mm Mauser, 30-06, .308 Winchester, 7.62×39 and a few others.

            Our rifles are almost all in .22 or .38 Special. The cheapest ones and most common are bolt actions. There are few semi-auto options.(By comparison, a Mossberg 702/CBC 7022 costs about U$D 356. A glock 25 costs about U$D 1550.) There is a new semi-auto AR15 in .380ACP, the Enterbras AR15 380ACP, but stills expensive(arround U$D 2000).

            Shotguns here are okay, not so many restrictions. Most common calibers are 12 and 20 gauge. No magazine limit or such things. Semi autos are allowed. The problem is the ammo price and limit. U$D 1,86/12g round and max of 300 rounds/year.

            Now the (very) bad side is the aquisition and registration. A lot of bureaucracy and time to get the license. At all, if you are (very) lucky, in 6 months you can buy your firearm. For a carry permit you need justification. Self defense is not a “valid” reason. You need judicial permission for carry(for example: someone is threatening you), or a polical friend.

            Hope I answered your questions. See ya.

          • Tassiebush

            Thanks for that. Wow you’ve got some serious impediments there! Here in Australia we’ve got similar ones like Licences, registration, needing to justify use of gun i.e target or hunting and needing permission from a property owner or club to shoot on their land as a prerequisite to get a licence. Our waiting period for a licence or purchase is 28days. There is no right to own them for self defence at all and a there is a ban on semi auto rifles or shotguns except for a few farmers with special licences.
            To own a handguns you need to attend about club shoots a year and 9mm/.38 cal pistols are the largest allowed except for silhouette and western action. Handguns have 10 round limit. Carrying just isn’t an option under any circumstance.

            I’m guessing .38special leveractions must be very common for hunting.

          • Vinicius

            Rifles can go to 44-40 caliber shotguns to the 12 ga as long as they have a 24 inch barrel, because you know a 23 inch barrel is way too concealable.

  • A.WChuck

    I thought some of those shots were “wild” until I saw the solid hits on the moving truck with iron-sights from a moving helicopter. In other words, great shooting!
    The big rounds might have been from whatever was used to disable the armored trucks, maybe?

    • markiefyr

      correct me if I am wrong but if both the heli and the car are travelling at the same speed then there is really nothing to it, sure the platform is moving but you don’t have to swing thru the target or lead it
      otherwise any joe schmo couldn’t go on those hog-heli-hunts and hit

      • 277Volt

        Except there’s going to be an immediate crosswind (speed of the helicopter) put on the bullet once it leaves the barrel.

      • txJM

        You’re wrong. You still have to lead the target

      • Peter Toth

        markiefyr: I will correct you. When the shot is taken by the shooter in the helicopter, the impact point on the ground where the firearm is aimed, at the very second the shot is fired, is where the bullet will land. The vehicle just happened to be in that spot, but may not be by the time the round reaches that spot. So you have to lead the vehicle to compensate, estimating the impact point on the ground, where the vehicle will be at the moment of impact. It’s actually easier that it sounds, but does take practice and an understanding of what is happening. I could show you using calculus, the math behind the shot, but the human brain is capable of figuring it out. With practice as I said.

  • lippy

    When did TFB turn into “Cops Reloaded”?

    • USMC03Vet

      I hope they post some videos of baddies getting it. There are so many good ones out there.

    • Ethan

      I like the new trend. I just hope they continue to be very selective.

      So far the things they’ve shared have been informative and useful in terms of understanding how real-world gunfights typically play out.

      ASP tactics on facebook specializes in analysis on videos like these – VERY worthwhile to anyone who owns a firearm for self-defense. There are SO many misconceptions that can only be dispelled by watching and critically analyzing footage of real world attacks.

      It unpleasant, but all violence is. You need to understand that tool if you intend to us it to protect your loved ones.

    • Southpaw89

      I think that seeing firearms put to use is a legitimate item for this blog to cover, reviews and news are great, but in the end firearms are tools (or in some cases sporting equipment), and tools are made to be used, I find it very interesting to see how they are used outside of a day at the range.

      • Nicholas Chen

        Thank you for validating my efforts! LOL Yes, I too find it interesting to see weapons used as intended. Sometimes we post misuse of weapons. Why not show the flip side and show them being used well?

    • Manny Fal

      Remember a FN Fal was being used, a well loved but rarer weapon nowadays. If they had used an AR I don’t think it would have been posted.

  • Iksnilol

    You mean the guy with a hole in his head is dead? Who’da thunk that?

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Big Bullet? Good Luck charms perhaps? Anyhow. I say, with the firepower and their success of robbing and flipped TWO ARMORED truck, this is seriously seasoned criminals. Weird since they fortunately surrendered easily when they can cause more causalities with that kind of firepower.

    • Squirreltakular

      That’s what I was thinking. That’s some legit weaponry right there. Weird that the ARs have no sights or optics though.

      • Don

        Who needs a sight when you are within a couple of feet of your target? Either that or they kept the sights off so they could fit it the shooting holes of the armored truck better.. Who knows…

        • iksnilol

          With that short barrels I presume they use them like SMGs or something. + 5.56 is easy to control on full auto.

          I have seen many guns modified for close range by shortening the barrel and/or removing the stock. AKs and various SMGs. Stocks are only really useful if you are going for distance. So on something that is being used at 50 meters or less it can be a hindrance.

    • iksnilol

      Because it is easier to get out of prison (remember corruption?) if you don’t have a bunch of bodies on your record.

  • 6.5x55Swedish

    Snipers? Not really.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    DISCUSSION TIME:- 7.62mm or 5.56mm for aerial sniping platform? Correct me if I was wrong. I once read that Maj. John Plaster suggested his own preferable firearms is 5.56mm M-16A1/A2/A4 with 20 round magazine filled with tracer round (for target indicator), suitable illumination gear and open reflex or short-range optical sight. Plus 5.56mm is more suitable for law-enforcement aerial platform due to low risk of over-penetration and fragment to civilian/bystander.

    • Andrey Martim

      I can’t see the magazine of the rifle, but in Brazil there is a 5.56mm version of the Fal with a modified AR-style bolt (The Imbel MD-2). But I believe this one to be a Fal… It hit the engine of the car pretty hard.

      • Southpaw89

        Will someone please bring that rifle to the states, I don’t know why but I love the idea of a 5.56 FAL, I’m not even that big of fan of the 5.56.

        • Manny Fal

          Check out the IMBEL IA2 Adopted by Brazil military in 2013. I’d pick it over the FN SCAR.

          • Andrey Martim

            Yeah the IA2 is a very pretty modernization… Sad it isn’t modular as the SCAR.

      • Manny Fal

        Could be a 5.56 MD-2 with 20 round magazine, it looks identical to a Fal just slightly smaller. That is what they used in Tropa Elite/BOPE. They must favour the 20 round magazines for the extra manoeuvrability and reduced weight.

    • AldanFerrox

      The GSG-9 in Germany uses G36K carbines fitted with EoTech sights, Beta-C mags and brass catchers as fire support weapons from their Aerospatiale Puma helicopters. They also use PSG-1 or G3 rifles in the same role for longer ranges.

    • Tassiebush

      He certainly made a point too of the need for lots of helicopter based practice too since it’s quite a distinct type of shooting which often gets tried out for the first time in action.

    • steveday72

      5.56 .. from a mini-gun!

    • iksnilol

      7.62×51 AP against vehicles. Light up the engine and it should bring it to a stop.

  • Andrey Martim

    Just translating a little of the ending of the video… The officer asks the criminal if he have police reports… He says yes to 157 – Armed robbery. Also, one of the officers state that what hit the thug was actually fragmentation, not the shot itself. As a Brazilian I wish more officers would go to stop these bastards by gunfire… This guy appears to be of minor-age (Less than 18 years old) which here means “one week and released”. There was a lot of pressure over here in the past week for a law that changes the legal age of arrest to very serious crimes (Rape, armed robbery, murder, drug traffic) of 18 to 16…

    • Tassiebush

      Thanks for the extra information 🙂

    • Nicholas Chen

      Yeah thanks for the translation!

  • AldanFerrox

    Here in Germany some robbers in the past used ex-soviet RPG-2 or RPG-7 or Pzf-44 “Lanze” anti-tank rocket-launchers (the former ones stolen from the German Army). But nobody ever fired one at the armored cars. The sight of these weapons was enough for the couriers to surrender the money.

  • Cyberats

    Duh, take the armor truck intact as escape vehicle….

    • no

      Do you really think they have millions of dollars rolling around in vehicles without some type of GPS/LoJack system?

      • Cyberats

        No, but what if the truck continues on its route with change of destination only on the last mile or two ? Where your incognito vehicle is hidden and the exchange is not seen, like a garage, warehouse or woodland area. Use to your advantage and do not kill/destroy everything in your path, is the smart getaway.

    • Southpaw89

      I expect that armored trucks are pretty slow, not to mention very conspicuous, all the police would have to do is follow them until they ran out of gas or were trapped. It’d be pretty stupid to go back to your hideout with the police right on your tail, in an easily recognized truck.

      • Cyberats

        If they don’t know which armored truck got robbed ? Apparently they had ID on escape vehicle so that “incognito” failed.
        You don’t use the truck to outrun the police, you use it to hide in plain sight till a temporary destination where your incognito vehicle is hidden.
        Of course after chopper joined the chase it is too late to hide.

    • Tom

      Looking at some of the ordnance the Brazilian police have access to I am not sure an armoured truck will do a whole hell of a lot of good.

      • Cyberats

        Well, maybe they have bigger, but on an MRAP, a 7.62mm NATO FN-FAL will not penetrate.

  • Lance

    Nice to see some FALs in use still in Brazil.

  • Southpaw89

    Thought that was all blood until I saw the hole over the radiator, guess he wouldn’t have been going far even if he hadn’t been hit. Some good shooting, but was surprised to see it happening in such a populated area, I think things would have to get a lot worse for something like that to be allowed in the states.

    • Manny Fal

      From that high angle I don’t think .308 fmj ricochets would have been a problem and did look like he was holding his shots in more populated areas. (that carpark for example).

      The main problem is the noise complaints, helicopters are bad enough as it is. But Brazil has a high amount of income inequality so they don’t really care if the poor people complain, but you can bet this wouldn’t go down in the rich parts of town, that’s for sure.

      • Tom

        I am sure the rich folks would put up with the noise so long as the tango was caught/killed. Wouldn’t want them running around in a nice neighborhood.

  • Tassiebush

    I read that in South Africa a technique of ramming cars to overturn them was used because the underside wasn’t armoured so regular 7.63×39 could kill the hapless occupants.

  • Bill

    I’m pretty sure that there was a variation of the M16 that was sightless and stockless, for use as a port firing weapon.

    • iksnilol

      You mean the creatively named M231 Port Firing Weapon?

      I must admit I liked the version of it that had a lowered ROF. I think they managed to lower it down to 200 RPM or something. Then there’s the other version which has a higher than standard ROF.

  • Coctomus

    Might be the first time that I have seen a UBR stock on a mini SBR AR..

  • K.A.S.

    If you look at the magazine, that appears to be a MD-2, otherwise known as a 5.56 FAL. Springfield imported Imbel FAL’s chambered in 5.56 and sold them as SAR-4800’s in the 90’s. A company called Red Rock made a 5.56 FAL recently, but they elected to use an aluminum receiver and poor quality, so thankfully they’re mostly a curiosity now. The FAL’s operating system doesn’t lend itself well to 5.56, which is likely why FN never advanced beyond prototypes with them. The MD-2 seems to be a well received weapon though…

  • Porty1119

    The center AK is most certainly a Hungarian AMD-65.

  • Tassiebush

    Great clip. There are so many awesome bits it’s hard to even nominate a favorite but those you mentioned are great. In 2 I loved that prison riot in the opening scene and the car based shootout with the militia (if that’s right term). And the alas poor Yorick moment. Then there’s that very animated news presenter!
    In one the grenade scene is right up there and the block party shootout where the rookies meet the BOPE unit is too. The closing scene with bad guy pleading still cracks me up.
    Other Brazilian films like City of God are also great. These films lead the way in realism and give a very sophisticated examination of these topics.

  • Bob

    Ah, Tapco mags, we meet again…

  • Nicholas Chen

    Is that from the robbers? Or just a random photo of a Barret?

    • Dr. Zarkus

      The concrete pavers are the same as in the photos above.

  • BigR

    If they would start shooting at these b******s in the US, they would stop a lot of the $hit. He wasn’t so full of pi$$ and vinegar, when they jerked him out of the pickup.

  • BigR

    Those Brazilian cops don’t take no s**t from nobody!

  • Idle Anon

    I’m pretty sure the guy firing from the helicopter has an Imbel MD and not an FAL. You can see the magazine in some of the shots and FAL mags are straight, compared to the MD which has a curve to it.

  • Vinicius

    Welcome to the banana’s republic the place where anything over .380 acp is prohibited by the state, and criminals got 50 cals.