The incident reportedly happened close to the main Rio 2016 Olympic Park ©Getty Images

A Russian diplomat has reportedly shot dead an armed assailant close to the Rio 2016 Athletes' Village in Barra de Tijuca today.

According to Globo, the vice-consul of the Russian Consulate was involved in an attempted robbery close to the Olympic Park here on the Avenue das Americas, along with his wife and daughter. 

The 60-year-old, whose identity has not been revealed, was apparently approached while at a traffic jam by two men on bikes. 

He apparently out-fought one of the men using jiu jitsu skills when they broke his car window.

He then took his gun and shot him dead at the scene.

The other assailant fled the scene.

The incident raises fresh concerns over Rio 2016 security ©Getty Images
The incident raises fresh concerns over Rio 2016 security ©Getty Images

Security has already been cited as a major challenge ahead of the Games, with crime levels surging despite the 85,000 reported troops here.

Rio 2016 chief executive Sidney Levy admitted it was one of their top three challenges in a presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session here yesterday.

An incident like this occuring on the Avenue das Americas is particularly worrying because it is a main transport link between venues and hotels around the Olympic hub.

Muggers are known to target static vehicles in traffic jams, as well as buses and other public transport.

The Rio Homicide Department have said the official "reacted to an attempted assault".

"The vice consul got into a physical struggle with the assailant and during the fight the aggressor's weapon fired shots," they said.

"The assailant died of his wounds on the spot."

It has been reported that the diplomat is Marcos Cesar Feres Braga, a Brazilian national and lawyer who holds the vice-consul post.

No confirmation has yet been given by either the Russian Consulate in Rio de Janeiro or the Russian Embassy.

Russia currently has two consuls - and two vice-consuls - in Brazil, with one in São Paulo and one in Rio.