The popular city has made news over the past couple of days for a very different reason... in what can only be described as a 'Hannibal the Cannibal' moment, police have been forced to shoot dead a naked man to stop him eating the face of another (apparently homeless) man.
The unusual events unfolded around 2pm on Saturday near the bustling Biscayne Boulevard.
The first witness on the scene had yelled at the attacker to get off the victim, but to no avail. When the police arrived on the scene and repeated the demand, one officer drew his service weapon. The crazed assailant "just stood ... with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled".
According to the police officer, Larry Vega, the attacker was shot several times and "fell alongside his disfigured victim". He described the scene as "one of the most gruesome things I've ever seen in my life".
The motives behind the attack are still unknown. It is also unclear why both men were naked. Police suspect that the attacker may well have been suffering from "cocaine psychosis" - such a condition can cause a person to not just become uncontrollable, but is also known to bring on feelings of extreme heat.
Police reports state that one 'road ranger' witnessed a naked man chewing another man's face near an off-ramp and demanded over his loud speaker for the offender to back away... when he refused the demands, a police officer was said to have fired one shot... even after being wounded, the attacker continued to eat the victim's face.
Eye witnesses claim that as many as six shots were fired. The officer who fired the fatal shots is today being touted "a hero".
The victim is reported to be suffering from critical injuries and now fighting for his life in hospital. Police said that half of his face had been chewed off.
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