Brazil’s Henrique Velozo can continue to receive his salary, São Paulo court rules

Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, 31, of Brazil is a Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo lieutenant. He was off-duty when he had an argument with eight-time jiu-jitsu world champion Leandro Pereira do Nascimento Lo at an Esporte Clube Sírio party in São Paulo, Brazil at around 2:00 a.m. on August 7, 2022.

After the argument, Velozo allegedly shot Lo, who was pronounced dead at Hospital Municipal Doutor Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya in São Paulo. Hours later, Velozo turned himself in.

Lo was born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo. The jiu-jitsu champion died at age 33.


Velozo was also off-duty when he went to The Week in Lapa, São Paulo with his fellow military policeman Iury Oliveira do Nascimento on October 27, 2017. While inside the nightclub, seven boys attacked do Nascimento so Velozo tried to defend his fellow policeman.

Later, Velozo punched Flavio Alves Ferreira, one of the two military policemen who arrived first at the nightclub. After trying to kick other military policemen who arrived, Velozo was restrained, disarmed and taken to the hospital for forensic examination.


On September 15, 2020, Velozo was acquitted of charges of aggression and offense to the integrity or health of another. On May 13, 2021, the Military Court of Justice convicted him for disrespecting and assaulting colleagues in uniform.

On March 13, 2023, Judge Marcio Ferraz Nunes of the 16th Court of São Paulo accepted Velozo’s request to continue to receive his salary while remanded in prison. The first hearing in his defense is scheduled for March 24, 2023.

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