Police Sniper Kills Man Holding Dozens Hostage on Bus in Brazil

A police sniper fatally shot an armed man who held dozens of people hostage on a public bus in Brazil, after a four-hour standoff on Tuesday.

Rio de Janeiro State Military Police said all of the hostages were released unharmed.

The hostage situation began around 5:30 a.m. local time Tuesday on a busy bridge linking Niteroi to downtown Rio de Janeiro.

The hostage-taker, armed with a gun and a knife, was seen on Brazilian TV exiting the passenger bus and being immediately surrounded by police. He was reportedly arrested at the scene.

Rio de Janeiro Gov. Wilson Witzel later confirmed the man had died.

Federal Highway Police said the armed man, who was threatening to set the bus on fire, had been holding 37 people hostage. Negotiations were underway before the standoff ended.

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