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Gunmen storm Brazil hospital; 1 dead, 2 wounded in shootout

  • Employees stand in front an emergency entrance at the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2016. Brazilian police say armed men stormed the Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with officers, with at least one patient killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Employees stand in front an emergency entrance at the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2016. Brazilian police say armed men stormed the Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with officers, with at least one patient killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Municipal guards enter to the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2016. Brazilian police say armed men stormed the Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with officers, with at least one patient killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Municipal guards enter to the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2016. Brazilian police say armed men stormed the Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with officers, with at least one patient killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Employees stand in front an emergency entrance at the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2016. Brazilian police say armed men stormed the Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with officers, with at least one patient killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Employees stand in front an emergency entrance at the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2016. Brazilian police say armed men stormed the Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with officers, with at least one patient killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian police say armed men stormed a Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with officers. A patient was killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman were wounded.

Rio investigators say in a statement that at least five men arrived at the Hospital Souza Aguiar early Sunday to rescue the 28-year-old suspect, who was being treated there for a gunshot wound.

Police say they are studying security camera footage to identify the attackers.

Brazilian media report that the patient who died had been taken to the downtown hospital by a friend, the off-duty officer who was wounded along with the nurse.