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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A quiet morning along the normally tranquil Rua General Urquiza in Rio's upscale neighborhood of Leblon was shattered early Wednesday (March 28th) as a gang of armed robbers exchanged gunfire with Military Police officers during an attempted robbery of a Lojas Americanas Express store.

The suspects fled the scene but two of the perpetrators were later apprehended in a vehicle in the Zuzu Angel tunnel heading towards São Conrado.

One officer was shot and injured in the shootout. He was taken to Miguel Couto Municipal Hospital, in Gávea . . .

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