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Police have identified the man seen eating another man’s face while high on drugs. The man has been identified as 31-year old Rudy Eugene. Eugene was shot and killed while attacking a homeless man and eating away at his face. When the police officer told him to stop, he just looked at him and growled, and continued to chew at his face, through his jaw. Officers had to shoot him several times to get him to stop eating.
The man is in extremely critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Much of his face is gone and his eyes are gouged.
“We’re hoping that he pulls through, for his well-being, but also so he can tell us what happened,” said Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami police union. “Only he knows.”
The victim has not been identified. The scene occurred off the MacArthur Causeway in Miami. A man on a bike saw the attack take place and an officer tried to intervene with his loudspeaker.
“The guy just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth. And he growled,” said Larry Vega, a witness.
Eugene married Jenny Ductant in 2005 in Hollywood. They were divorced two years later.
“I wouldn’t say he had mental problem but he always felt like people was against him . .. No one was for him, everyone was against him,” his ex-wife told WPLG.
Eugene only had one arrest that suggested violence. He was charged with battery at the age of 16, and the charge was later dropped. He was arrested several more times later, but mostly on trespassing and marijuana possession.
An emergency room doctor at Jackson Memorial speculates that the attack could have been caused by bath salts, a drug named after the product because of the resemblance. Police also think that perhaps Eugene was experiencing “cocaine psychosis,” where the body is so hot that the victim gets naked in order to cool off.