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Video appears to show Rio police shooting subjects on ground

  • The dead of an alleged drug trafficker lays on the ground after a shooting during a police operation at Pavuna slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Military police in Rio de Janeiro say they are investigating a video that appears to show two officers execute the injured suspects . During that confrontation, police say a 13-year-old girl was killed from a stray bullet. The girl was in school close by. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)

    The dead of an alleged drug trafficker lays on the ground after a shooting during a police operation at Pavuna slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Military police in Rio de Janeiro say they are investigating a video that appears to show two officers execute the injured suspects . During that confrontation, police say a 13-year-old girl was killed from a stray bullet. The girl was in school close by. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)  (The Associated Press)

  • People look at the body of a alleged drug trafficker killed during a shootout with the police at Pavuna slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Military police in Rio de Janeiro say they are investigating a video that appears to show two officers execute the injured suspects . During that confrontation, police say a 13-year-old girl was killed from a stray bullet. The girl was in school close by. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)

    People look at the body of a alleged drug trafficker killed during a shootout with the police at Pavuna slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Military police in Rio de Janeiro say they are investigating a video that appears to show two officers execute the injured suspects . During that confrontation, police say a 13-year-old girl was killed from a stray bullet. The girl was in school close by. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian military police say they are investigating a video that appears to show two officers shoot injured suspects who are on the ground.

The video, shared widely on social media, led to protests Thursday night in northern Rio de Janeiro, where the incident apparently happened. It was unclear who made the video.

In a statement, military police says an investigation had been launched.

In the video, two officers are seen carrying automatic rifles. They both shoot suspects on the ground. One of the men appears to be moving when he is shot.

Police said that earlier in the afternoon officers engaged in a shootout with suspected drug traffickers. During that confrontation, police say a 13-year-old girl was killed from a stray bullet. The girl was in school close by.