Image released of naked cannibal killed by Miami police as he ate homeless man's face
31-year-old Rudy Eugene was high on drugs when he carried out his cannibal attack
The first image has been released of Rudy Eugene, the homeless man shot and killed by Miami police as he ate another man’s face.
Eugene, 31, is thought to have been high on a powerful form of LSD when he attacked another homeless man, ripping off chunks of the man’s flesh with his teeth.
Both men were naked at the time of the attack.
The unidentified victim is currently fighting for his life in intensive care at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital hospital, after Eugene chewed off up to 80 per cent of his face, including his nose and eyes, in what hospital spokesperson called "some of the worst [injuries] staff had ever encountered."
Police were initially called to reports of two naked men fighting on the MacArthur Causeway bike path, which was packed with people heading to the annual Memorial Day hip hop festival at the time.
Witness Larry Vega told WSVN-TV in Miami, "The guy was, like, tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him 'get off'...[but] the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like, ripping his skin."
Police initially repeatedly ordered Eugene to stop, but Mr Vega says he just “picked up his head and growled at the officer”.
Police then shot Eugene, but he carried on his attack, after which officers shot him several more times until he died.
Much of the attack was caught on the CCTV cameras of the office building that houses the Miami Herald newspaper. The images went viral in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
Today, the Herald reported that Eugene left few clues about the cause of his attack, saying court records revealed he had married in December 2005, but divorced just over 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 Miami-based television station WPLG.
The Miami Herald also reported that Eugene had previously been arrested on a battery charge when he was 16, but that charge was later dropped. He was arrested seven more time over the next five years, four times for marijuana offences, once for misdemeanour battery, once for vending near a school and once for trespassing.
Jeremy Paxman reveals he has heard senior Tories calling activists 'swivel-eyed loons'
Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
Strewth mate. Aussies wave goodbye to Britain as it becomes too pricey to stay
X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history
Oklahoma tornado latest: Obama pledges support for 'as long as it takes' to rebuild the suburb of Moore
- 1 'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
- 2 Austerity has hardened the nation's heart
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history
- 5 'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£50000 - £56000 per annum + Benefits package, flexible working hours: Progress...
£200 - £250 per day: Progressive Recruitment: Java Developer- £200-£250 London...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent benefits, inc bonus & healthcare: Progre...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Bens: Progressive Recruitment: Exciting opportunit...