(CNN)An expert who worked to protect uncontacted Amazonian tribes has been shot and killed with an arrow in Brazil, according to the government's Indigenous affairs agency, Fundação Nacional do Índio (Funai).
Amazon expert killed with arrow while working to protect uncontacted tribes in Brazil
Rieli Franciscato was killed on Wednesday while responding to a report of a sighting of an isolated group in Seringueiras, in the northern Brazilian state of Rondônia.
The 56-year-old, coordinator of a team helping to protect uncontacted tribes' territories in Rondônia, was struck in the chest by the arrow at the border of the Uru Eu Wau Wau tribe's territory.
He had been called there after ranchers and loggers targeting the reserve stepped up their campaign in recent months, starting fires and destroying most of the surrounding forest, reported Survival, a global organization championing tribal peoples' rights.
Police officer Paulo Ricardo Bressa told Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo that he accompanied Franciscato to Line 6, a high conflict area in Seringueiras.