Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, a police officer, has been named as the suspect in the murder of BJJ world champion Leandro Lo.
Lo was shot in the head during a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil on early Sunday morning
Lo was declared brain dead at the Dr. Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya hospital on arrival.
As per the police report, police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo is a suspect in the investigation of Lo’s murder.
The report states that witnesses said Velozo grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table and the two got into a scuffle. After they were seperated, Velozo got back to his feet, pulled a gun and shot at the jiu-jitsu fighter’s forehead.
Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo works as a Police Officer for Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo.
Ironically, he is also purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Lo founded the New School “NS” Brotherhood squad in 2015. The 33-year-old won all major BJJ competitions – Pan American Games, the World Cup, and the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championships.
Leandro Lo is a BJJ legend having won eight IBJJF World Championships since 2012. In California earlier this year, he won the gold medal in the light heavyweight division. The Brazilian legend defeated opponents like Gordon Ryan, Andre Galvao, Gilbert Burns, Roberto Satoshi, Augusto Mendes, Felipe Pena, Alan Belcher, Davi Ramos, and Dillon Danis.
(Updated) The attacker, an off duty policeman has been arrested: