Bolsonaro Ally: Brazil Politician Throws Grenades at Police, Injures Two

Supporters of Brazilian politician Roberto Jefferson, who fired at police while resisting arrest ordered by the country's Supreme Court, demonstrate close to his house in Comendador Levy Gasparian, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, October 23, 2022. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Local residents take pictures of a damaged police car in Levy Gasparian, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Photo: 23 October 2022Image source, Reuters
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A police car with a shattered windshield was towed away after Sunday’s incident

A Brazilian politician is in custody after throwing grenades at police officers who came to his house in Rio de Janeiro state to arrest him.

Roberto Jefferson, an ally of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, wounded two officers before surrendering on Sunday.

A Supreme Court judge earlier ordered his detention for insulting Chief Justice Cármen Lucía. He was already under house arrest for threatening her.

Mr Bolsonaro reacted by saying those who fired at police should be arrested.

The two officers were wounded by shrapnel from a grenade during the attack in Comendador Levy Gasparian, north of the state capital Rio de Janeiro. They were taken to hospital and later discharged.

Mr Jefferson, the 69-year-old former leader of the PTB political party, also fired a number of shots from a rifle, shattering the windshield of a police car.

Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes had ordered the politician to be detained on the grounds that he violated the conditions of house arrest.

Political tensions are high in Brazil ahead of Sunday’s presidential election run-off between Mr Bolsonaro and left-winger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Lula – who is still seen as the front-runner – fell short of the 50% of valid votes needed to prevent a run-off in the first round earlier this month.

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