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Police shoot, kill intruder at Brazil MTC

The Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in São Paulo, Brazil, is pictured on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
The Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in São Paulo, Brazil, is pictured on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Police shot and killed a man who wielded a knife on Wednesday morning at the Brazil Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Early this morning, an individual armed with a knife entered the missionary training center in São Paulo,” said Nei Garcia, the church’s Brazil Area director of Public Affairs. “Security guards were able to detain the man near the reception desk until police arrived.”

Garcia said the intruder attempted to attack police, who shot and killed him. No one else was injured, according to R7, a Brazilian website.

“None of the missionaries or MTC staff were harmed during this incident,” Garcia confirmed.

A view of surrounding neighborhood buildings from the Brazil Missionary Training Center in São Paulo on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
A view of surrounding neighborhood buildings from the Brazil Missionary Training Center in São Paulo on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The MTC is training about 350 missionaries.

The church is working to inform families of the missionaries at the MTC and the center’s staff that they are safe. They will provide missionaries and staff with needed support, Garcia said.

Local church and MTC leaders are cooperating with police. Garcia said they are grateful for the police response.

“We are grateful for the prayers and support that have been offered at this time both for the missionaries and the family of the individual who was killed,” he said.

The MTC is located in the Casa Verde district of northern São Paulo.

The Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in São Paulo, Brazil, is pictured on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
The Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in São Paulo, Brazil, is pictured on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News