Police in Miami have shot dead a man who was chewing the face of another man.
Officers were called around 2pm local time on Saturday by drivers who saw two naked men fighting on a bike track next to the city’s MacArthur Causeway.
Even after being shot, the man continued and the officers fired again, killing him.
Police are still trying to work out what caused the confrontation that led to the shooting.
“During this confrontation an officer did discharge his weapon striking one of the individuals that individual has lost his life right now,” said Detective Willie Moreno, spokesperson for Miami police.
The police refused to give full details on the record but sources have given graphic accounts to CBS news channel in Miami.
With the attacker dead, lying nude on the pavement, officers and paramedics were able to get to his victim and rush him to Jackson Memorial hospital. Police sources say the man had virtually no face and was unrecognisable.
The surviving man is in serious condition.
Police have not released the identity of either men.
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According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away.Meanwhile, a woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.
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 sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.
Miami police were on the scene, which was just south of The Miami Herald building on Biscayne Boulevard. The naked man who was killed lay face down on the pedestrian walkway just below the newspaper’s two-story parking garage. Police have requested The Herald’s video surveillance tapes.
The other man was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, according to police. Their identities were not released.
The incident, which came as crowds descended upon South Beach for the annual Urban Beach Week hip-hop festival, snarled traffic on the causeway for several hours.
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