A Miami man who was caught by police eating the face of a homeless man in Florida was eventually shot dead by police after he refused to stop his cannibal like behavior.
Why Did Rudy Eugene turn into a live flesh-eating zombie and attack Ronald Poppo?
Police believe it was an abuse of drugs and a witness who saw the gruesome incident says Rudy Eugene (Pictured above, left) was naked and on top of a Ronald Poppo, (Pictured above, right) a 65-year old homeless man from South Florida, eating the man's face like an animal when he came upon them and screamed for Eugene to stop.
The witness was unable to stop the possessed like behavior and rounded up an officer who raced to the scene to intervene with a firearm.
"When the officer approached him, told him to stop, pointed a gun at him, he turned around and growled like a wild animal and kept eating at the man's face," a police union leader told Miami's WPLG-TV.
The cop shot the man dead, but it took more than one shot and he caused horrific damage to Poppo's face.
Some dubbed the attack as zombie like, citing many of the popular films and TV series that show fictional undead zombies wandering the earth feeding on live humans.
What cause him to snap?
In this real life case, Eugene was very much alive and police believe he was on drugs, some have claimed the drug "bath salts" is to blame while another thought it my be a bad LSD trip, when he went on the attack on a Sunday afternoon.
Another report claimed the attack might be the cause of a "cocaine psychosis" in which drugs raise a person's body temperature and cause a user to take off his clothes to cool off.
LSD and cocaine are obviously banned substances and bath salts are illegal in many states, including Florida, which banned them in 2011.
So much blood…
Even police were shocked at the crime scene.
Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, said it was one of the bloodiest "and goriest scenes I've ever been to."
"It was not only grotesque, it was just very sad, the amount of blood. It was very sad to see what happened to this gentleman that had his face eaten," Ortiz said.
Poppo remains in critical condition.
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