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Rio police kill drug suspect who made bold hospital escape

FILE - In this  June 19, 2016, file photo, employees stand in front an emergency entrance at the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian police announced Monday, Sept. 26, that they have shot dead a suspected drug trafficker who stunned Rio de Janeiro by pulling off the violent escape from the hospital. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

FILE - In this June 19, 2016, file photo, employees stand in front an emergency entrance at the Souza Aguiar Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian police announced Monday, Sept. 26, that they have shot dead a suspected drug trafficker who stunned Rio de Janeiro by pulling off the violent escape from the hospital. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian police have shot dead a suspected drug trafficker who stunned Rio de Janeiro by pulling off a violent escape from a hospital.

A police statement says 28-year-old Nicolas Labre Pereira and two other unidentified men were killed after exchanging fire with a special force in a mangrove forest outside the city Monday.

Pereira escaped from custody at a downtown hospital June 19 after nearly 20 gunmen stormed the building. A patient was killed, and a nurse and an off-duty policeman were wounded.

The hospital was one of those recommended for any tourists needing medical care, and the incident raised concerns about security less than two months before the Olympic Games kicked off in Rio.

More than 10 people were killed in shootouts caused by the subsequent hunt for Pereira.