A fight took place on an off ramp of the MacArthur Causeway in downtown Miami. Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, a woman called 911 to report the fight on the ramp. When police arrived they saw a naked man biting into the face of the other participant.
An officer ordered the attacker to back away. When the naked man took no notice and continued to bite the face of the victim, the officer fired off a round. Despite being struck by the bullet, the attacker continued to eat the man's face. The cop then fired what witnesses said were several shots, killing the naked attacker.
The victim was rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition. At least half his face had been chewed.
Javier Ortiz, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police in Miami, praised the police officer whose name has not been released. Ortiz described the officer in the Washington Post
as a person "who is a hero and saved a life."
Sgt. Altarr Williams, of the department's Homicide Unit, told the Miami Herald
that someone doesn't have to be armed to be dangerous. He said,
There are several ways to injure people. Some people know martial arts, others are very strong and can kill you with their hands.
The Palm Beach Post
reports that the body of the attacker lay on a pedestrian walkway just below the two story parking garage of the Miami Herald building. Police have requested tapes from the newspaper's surveillance cameras.
The names of the deceased attacker and the victim have not been released.