MIAMI — A man was shot to death when an officer spotted him chewing off the face of another man Saturday, Miami police said.
The man who was attacked, and whose name was not released, remained in intensive care Sunday.
The horror began about 2 p.m. Saturday when gunshots were heard on an off-ramp of the MacArthur Causeway. According to police sources, a roadside-assistance truck driver saw a naked man chewing on another man's face and shouted on his loudspeaker for him to back away. A woman also saw the incident and flagged down an officer.
The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police said. The attacker, whose name was also not released, did not stop after being shot. The officer continued to shoot, killing the naked man.
The other man was transported to the hospital with critical injuries.
In a text message, Javier Ortiz, spokesman for Miami police's Fraternal Order of Police, said the officer who fired the fatal shots was "a hero."
"Based on the information provided, our Miami police officer is a hero and saved a life," he said.
Investigators believe the victim may have been homeless and was on the ground when the crazed man pounced.
Police theorized the attacker might have been suffering from "cocaine psychosis," a drug-induced craze that bakes the body and often leads the affected to strip naked to try and cool off.