UPDATE: 2:18 A.M. EST
The cannibal who was discovered eating a a man’s face on the side of a Florida highway, and had to be shot at least six times before he stopped, has been identified by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office as Rudy Eugene, 31, reports CBS Miami. Read more here.
UPDATE: 4:45 P.M. EST
Yesterday’s cannibalistic attack on a homeless man is the fourth recent, vicious attack in that area blamed on drugs, according to Miami-Dade County police. Read more on this development here.
A Miami man was shot to death by police yesterday afternoon after he was found eating another man’s face, reports the Miami Herald. Even as he was hit by repeated shots, he kept gnawing at his victim’s face, whom sources say is now barely recognizable.
The bizarre and tragic incident occurred right outside of The Miami Herald offices, near a ramp leading to MacArthur Causeway and witnesses to the incident took pictures as others called police.
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The Miami Herald reports:
According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away. Meanwhile, a woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.
The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.
The naked man who was killed lay face down on the pedestrian walkway just below the newspaper’s two-story parking garage. Police have requested The Herald’s video surveillance tapes.
The other man was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, according to police. Their identities were not released.
Miami PD is calling the officer who shot the man a “hero” and used this as cautionary tale that “a man doesn’t have to be armed to be dangerous”:
“There are other ways to injure people,’’ said Sergeant Altarr Williams, a Homicide Unit supervisor. “Some people know martial arts, others are very strong and can kill you with their hands.’’
According to the Herald, police speculate that the man may have been in the midst of “cocaine psychosis” when he stripped to cool off and the victim was a homeless man in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Traffic was at a stand-still due to the influx of visitors for Miami’s Urban Beach Week Hip-Hop festival.