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Knife-wielding intruder shot and killed at Sao Paulo MTC

The Missionary Training Center in Brazil of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Courtesy Church Newsroom)

SAO PAULO, Brazil — An intruder carrying a knife was shot and killed inside the Sao Paulo Missionary Training Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A church spokesperson in Brazil said it happened early Wednesday morning.

Their statement says that someone armed with a knife entered the MTC. Security guards detained the man near the reception desk until the police arrived.

“At some point, when the intruder attempted to attack police, he was shot and killed by police,” said Nei Garcia, Brazil Area Director of Public Affairs

The church says none of the missionaries or MTC staff were harmed during this incident.

“Families of the missionaries and staff are being informed. We are working closely with local authorities and are grateful for their efforts to respond and investigate. We will also provide missionaries and staff with any needed support,” said Garcia.

The statement goes on to say that they are grateful for the prayers and support both for the missionaries and the family of the individual who was killed.