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Naked Assailant Gunned Down by Police While Cannibalizing Victim’s Face

Rudy Eugene and surveillance footage of the scene

Rudy Eugene and surveillance footage of the scene

Miami police were called to the scene under the MacArthur causeway around 2 p.m. Saturday responding to reports of two men fighting along a bike trail. When officers arrived they instead observed a naked man, who has been identified as Rudy Eugene, 31, of Miami Beach, eating the face of another man. The attacker, who had chewed and swallowed about 75% of the unrecognizable victim’s face, was ordered to back off. A witness, identified as Vega, a road ranger, described the scene, “The guy was, like, tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!’ The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like, ripping his skin.” Vega flagged down and officer who told the Eugene to back away. Vega said the man “growled,” and did not stop. The officer then shot the man, who continued eating, so the officer fired again, this time killing the zombie-like attacker. Witnesses reported hearing six or more shots. No word on whether or not the kill shot was a head shot.

The unidentified victim, who survived, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remained in critical condition. His identity is being protected, but police believe he may have been homeless and lying down when he was jumped by Eugene. Police have put forth the explanation that Eugene may have been experiencing “cocaine psychosis.” Armando Aguilar of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police explained that those experiencing this drug-induced psychosis feel like their internal organs are burning up and usually take off their clothes to cool down. They have also been known to use their mouths as a weapon and display superhuman strength. Other sources report that Eugene had taken an extremely high dose of L.S.D.

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