A Russian diplomat has shot and killed a mugger who tried to rob him near the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, according to police, agency reports.The diplomat was reportedly stuck in a traffic jam in the Barra neighbourhood with his wife and daughter when their car was surrounded by two motorbikes.
There were conflicting reports about the identity of the man, with the Associated Press quoting police as saying he was a Russian vice-consul. But officials from the country’s embassy denied any of its employees were involved and the Russian government said its representatives were not armed.
Rio police said one of the riders used a gun to smash the window on the driver’s side of the BMW and demanded the diplomat’s watch, according to Globo newspaper.
But the 60-year-old, who was apparently trained in the martial art of jiu-jitsu, dragged his assailant into the car and took his weapon before shooting him dead, it was reported.
The attack underlined concerns that the city’s high level of street violence could overshadow the Olympics, with the opening ceremony on Friday night. Some 85,000 police and soldiers have been deployed to keep people safe during the Games.