MIAMI — The naked man who viciously attacked another man — at one point trying to eat off the other man’s face — before he was shot dead by police was identified Monday.
Police sources said Monday the attacker was 31-year-old Rudy Eugene.
The name of the man Eugene seriously hurt remained a mystery. On Monday, the man was still at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in critical condition.
“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 grisly scene unfolded about 2 p.m. on the MacArthur Causeway, near the off-ramp to Biscayne Boulevard. A Road Ranger spotted the men and shouted on his loudspeaker for the attacker to back away. Meanwhile, a woman also saw what was happening flagged down an officer.
One witness, Larry Vega, told WSVN-TV he was riding his bicycle on the MacArthur when he saw a man tearing off pieces of the victim’s flesh with his mouth.
Vega said he found a police officer, who approached and told the attacker to get off the man. But the attacker kept chewing, Vega said, even after the officer shot once at him.
The officer fired again, hitting him several more times, eventually killing him.
The name of the officer who fired the fatal shots also was not released.
Security video from the adjacent Miami Herald building captured snippets of the violence as the two men — one dead, the other gravely injured — lay on the sidewalk as scores of officers arrived.
On Monday, police said they still needed witnesses to come forward about what they saw.
“We know that there were many people on the MacArthur Causeway,” police spokesman Detective William Moreno said, “and we’re hoping they come forward.”
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