Homeless Man Shot Dead After Overpowering Hostage-Taker To Save Stranger’s Life

A homeless man was shot dead after overpowering a gun-wielding hostage-taker on the steps of a Brazilian cathedral, giving up his own life to save a woman he had never met.

The dramatic incident was all caught on video, showing a gun-toting man identified by the Mirror as Luiz Antonio da Silva dragging a woman across the steps of Sao Paulo Cathedral. As crowds of people gathered to watch the shocking scene, the hostage-taker pushed the woman to the ground and appeared to be ready to kill her, but then 61-year-old Francisco Erasmo Rodrigues de Lima ran to the woman’s rescue.

With a cigarette hanging from his mouth, the homeless man tackled the hostage-taker, pushing him off of the woman and allowing her to run to safety. But the assailant then turned his attention to the homeless man, firing a shot into the man’s midsection.

By then, police were in place and killed the gunman with a hail of gunfire, but the heroic homeless man was mortally wounded. As officers checked to make sure the gunman was dead, Francisco Erasmo Rodrigues de Lima slumped against the wall of the cathedral and collapsed.

Video of the homeless man saving the woman from the hostage-taker can be seen below, but be warned that it contains some disturbing images.