Man Shot, Killed in Naked, Face-Chewing Attack
MIAMI — Miami police shot and killed a man after he wouldn’t stop chewing on the face of another man.
It sounds like a scene from a horror film featuring flesh-eating zombies. According to the Miami Herald, Miami police said they found two men, both naked, Saturday afternoon on a busy highway off-ramp. Police said when confronted by police, the attacker only growled and continued to chew on the victim’s face– even after police shot him.
Police named 31-year-old Rudy Eugene in the attack and said the victim, who has not been identified, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Some reports indicate 80 percent of the man’s face was chewed off.
A witness told Miami television station WSVN he was riding his bicycle across the causeway that connects downtown Miami with Miami Beach when he saw the men.
“The guy was, like, tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!'” said Larry Vega, witness. “The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like, ripping his skin.”
Vega said he flagged down a police officer, who ordered the man to get off the victim. Vega said the attacker just looked up and growled. As the attack continued, Vega said the officer shot the man. Even after being shot, Vega said the man proceeded to chew on the victim’s face. The officer fired again, killing the man.
A surveillance camera from The Miami Herald building captured images of the men’s naked legs lying side by side after the shooting.
Vega said the victim appeared to be seriously injured.
“It was just a blob of blood,” he said. “You couldn’t really see — it was just blood all over the place.”
Police continue to investigate. It remains unclear at this time what led to the attack or why the men were naked.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.