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Brazilian soldiers arrested after allegedly firing 80 shots at family in car, killing father driving to baby shower

WATCH: Aftermath of mistaken shooting involving Brazilian army

Ten members of Brazil’s military were under arrest Monday after soldiers allegedly fired 80 shots at a car carrying a family, killing a 46-year-man and prompting protests.

Evaldo dos Santos Rosa was driving to a baby shower on Sunday with his seven-year-old child, his wife, her stepfather and another woman when soldiers allegedly started shooting at them, according to relatives. The stepfather and a passerby who was trying to help were injured, but the rest of the family was unharmed.

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The military initially said in a statement that it had responded to gunfire from attackers. But police said no arms were found in the car, and the military eventually changed its statement.

“All evidence point to a homicide,” police investigator Leonardo Salgado told TV news Globo after inspecting the site.

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On Monday, the military said soldiers patrolling the area mistook Dos Santos Rosa’s car for that of a criminal’s.

A relative cries out in agony as she looks at the body of Evaldo dos Santos Rosa slumped over inside his car in the Guadalupe neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019.
A relative cries out in agony as she looks at the body of Evaldo dos Santos Rosa slumped over inside his car in the Guadalupe neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019. AP Photos/Fabio Teixeira
Luciana dos Santos cries at the scene where her husband's body lies slumped over in their a car that was shot at by members of the armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Luciana dos Santos cries at the scene where her husband's body lies slumped over in their a car that was shot at by members of the armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019. AP Photos/Fabio Teixeira
The son of 46-year-old Evaldo dos Santos Rosa grieves at the scene where his father's body lies slumped over in their family car that was shot at by members of the armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019.
The son of 46-year-old Evaldo dos Santos Rosa grieves at the scene where his father's body lies slumped over in their family car that was shot at by members of the armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019. AP Photos/Fabio Teixeira
Residents gather to watch the death scene investigation where Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, the driver of a family car, was killed by armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Authorities say soldiers mistook the car driven by Santos Rosa for that of criminals and was hit by 80 shots fired by members of the armed forces. Rosa was killed and his wife's stepfather wounded. Relatives say his wife, 7-year-old son and another woman were unharmed.
Residents gather to watch the death scene investigation where Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, the driver of a family car, was killed by armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Authorities say soldiers mistook the car driven by Santos Rosa for that of criminals and was hit by 80 shots fired by members of the armed forces. Rosa was killed and his wife's stepfather wounded. Relatives say his wife, 7-year-old son and another woman were unharmed. AP Photos/Fabio Teixeira
A young resident, a cross shaved into his hair, stands near the death scene investigation of 46-year-old Evaldo dos Santos Rosa who was mistaken for a criminal and killed by armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019.
A young resident, a cross shaved into his hair, stands near the death scene investigation of 46-year-old Evaldo dos Santos Rosa who was mistaken for a criminal and killed by armed forces, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 7, 2019. AP Photos/Fabio Teixeira

“Due to inconsistencies between the facts initially reported and other information later received by the eastern military command, we determined the immediate removal of the military (members) involved,” the armed forces said in a statement. Ten of the 12 men questioned by investigators were under arrest.

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Family members, friends and local residents scheduled a protest Monday on the stretch of road where Dos Santos Rosa was killed.

“This can’t keep happening. We want justice,” Dos Santos Rosa’s 29-year old son Daniel told the Associated Press on the phone.

Brazil has the largest number of annual homicides in the world and President Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to unleash security forces to battle rampant violence. But the armed forces have long been criticized for extrajudicial killings, especially in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

In 2018, the police killed 1,534 people in the state, according to government data.

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