The moment police shot a naked man to death as he reportedly chewed the face off another man has been caught on CCTV.
Images show the legs of two men lying beneath a freeway underpass in Miami when a police car arrives on scene – when one of the men was apparently gnawing on the other man’s head.
Police shot the man thinking it would end the attack, but the aggressor continued to devour the victim prompting police to fire at least half a dozen shots until he died.
The victim is fighting for his life in a nearby hospital after suffering critical injuries in the savage attack.
Neither the naked man nor the victim have been identified.
A woman notified a police officer nearby that she had seen two men fighting, witnesses told The Miami Herald.
A series of gunshots were heard at the off-ramp of the MacArthur Causeway along North 13th Street.
When the officer located the men, the aggressive naked male was in the process of chewing the of the victim, who was also not wearing any clothes, the Herald reported. The officer demanded that the naked man stop what he was doing.
But when he refused to listen and continued to feast on the victim, the officer shot him, according to the newspaper. Despite suffering a bullet wound, the naked man would not stop munching on the victim, so the officer fired about six more shots.
In that barrage of gunfire, the naked man was killed, collapsing face-down on the pedestrian walkway right by the Herald’s parking garage. Javier Ortiz, a police spokesman, said that based on information he’s received, the officer who fired the shots ‘is a hero and saved a life’.
The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center and is said to be suffering from the massive injuries he sustained from the attacker.
Very little is known about the circumstances leading up to the attack, but police have speculated that the victim may have been homeless. There were no weapons found near the two naked men, leading them to believe that the attacker used his own strength to subdue his victim.
‘There are other ways to injure people,’ Sergeant Altarr William told The Herald.
‘Some people know martial arts, others are very strong and can kill you with their hands.’
No tests have been done to prove this, but police have also stated that they think the attacker was likely suffering from a ‘cocaine psychosis’, side effects from the drug which raise the body’s temperature and prompts the individual to strip.
MacArthur Causeway is a major route that connects downtown Miami to popular South Beach. Traffic clogged the area for hours as people used the route to descend into South Beach for Urban Beach Week, an annual festival dedicated to hip-hop music.