A naked man was shot and killed by Miami police when he reportedly refused to stop eating a homeless man’s face.
The almost 20-minute Hannibal Lecter-like attack was caught on Miami Herald’s surveillance camera.
The “cannibal” identified as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, devoured nearly 80 percent of his victim’s face and left only his mouth and goatee.
“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, who filed for divorce in 2007, told WPLG.
Ronald Poppo, the victim, is astonishingly alive in the hospital and trying to recover from his horrifying injuries.
A witness to the disturbing crime, Larry Vega, had been riding his bike past the scene. He tried to get the “cannibal man” to stop, but he would not relent.
“I told him to get off and the other guy just kept eating the other guy away,” he told WSVN-Fox 7.
When officers commanded the “cannibal” to stop, “The guy just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth. And he growled,” the cyclist added.
To make the story even more frightening, Eugene continued to chew on Poppo’s face until police shot him to death.
Authorities believe the “cannibal man” may have been hallucinating due to a “drug-induced mania.”
Eugene may have suffered from a cocaine psychosis or an overdose of bath salts, a synthetic drug that has been likened to a new form of LSD, according to reports. The drug causes the body to heat up, making some people to strip off their clothes, the Miami Herald reported.
Take a look at the disturbing footage from CBS 4.