A top expert on indigenous peoples in Brazil was killed by an arrow that hit him in the chest after being fired by a member of an isolated tribe in the Amazon rainforest, according to reports.
Rieli Franciscato, 56, died Wednesday in the Seringueiras region, a remote municipality in the northern state of Rondonia, according to the Brazilian government’s indigenous affairs office, FUNAI, where he worked.
FUNAI declined to say how he was killed, but witnesses said he was shot with an arrow as he monitored recent appearances by a tribe known as the “Cautario River isolated group,” according to photojournalist Gabriel Uchida, Agence France-Presse reported.
When Rieli’s team faced a barrage of arrows, they ran to take shelter behind a vehicle, but he was hit in the chest, witnesses said.
“He cried out, pulled the arrow from his chest, ran 50 meters and collapsed, lifeless,” a police officer who accompanied the expedition said on social media.