Rio mugger shot dead with own gun by Brazilian posing as Russian diplomat
The fight between the mugger and Russia's vice consul took place in the western zone of Rio where the Olympic Park and the Athletes' Village are located. Photograph: (AFP)
"The vice consul got into a physical struggle with the assailant and during the fight, the aggressor's weapon fired shots. The assailant died of his wounds on the spot," AFP has reported.
Now it appears that the mugger was killed by the man he tried to rob, but this man has no connection to the Russian embassy. The Guardian published a statement from the Russian consulate saying:
“The embassy of Russia in Brazil informs that no representative of the Russian Consul General in Rio de Janeiro was involved in the attempted assault that ended with the death of the suspect in Barra da Tijuca this Thursday. The officials of the diplomatic mission are Russian citizens with Russian names, which was not the case (in Thursday’s incident).”
Time for corrections: man in Rio who killed mugger was Brazilian with a fake ID pretending to be a Russian diplomat https://t.co/KD7DoQq7jv— Rachel Glickhouse (@Riogringa) August 5, 2016
Now, The Guardian, citing the Brazilian Folha.uol.com, says that the man originally reported to be a Russian diplomat was a Brazilian with fake identity papers who was passing himself off as a Russian diplomat.
According to Globo news, the victim was in his car with his wife and daughter, when they were ambushed by men on two motorbikes while caught in a traffic jam. One of the attackers broke the car window with his gun, and demanded the driver's watch. Instead of giving up the watch the man attacked the attacker, and in the struggle the suspect was killed with his own gun.
The second robber fled, according to the report.
Traffic jams are a favoured target for robbers on foot or on motorbikes in Rio, as well as buses which are regularly raided by armed men.
(WION with inputs from AFP)