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High, Naked Man Shot Dead By Police After Biting Man's Face

By McCarton Ackerman 02/07/14

The unidentified man was shot three times after police officers failed to subdue him with a taser.


A Florida man was shot to death by police after biting the face of another man in Delray Beach while roaming the streets naked and high. The still-unidentified man reportedly attacked a retired NYC police officer while walking Military Trail, then began chasing another man and a 10-year-old boy. Afterwards, he began to physically attack an 18-year-old man by biting him in the face.

Police arrived on the scene and attempted to subdue him with a Taser, but it had no effect on the 6’3”, 250 pound man. After he attacked an officer, police fired three shots and brought him down; he was taken to Delray Medical Center and died shortly after. The injured police officer and teenager were also taken to the hospital, but are expected to make full recoveries.

“[He] was obviously on some kind of narcotics to act like this. He’s obviously delirious on something,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. “The people that he assaulted ... said this guy had super human strength. He looks like an NFL linebacker. And he basically started terrorizing people all up and down the street.” Police are now investigating who the man was and what drugs were in his system at the time.

The case had many similarities to the 2012 tragedy of Ronald Poppo, who was viciously attacked by Rudy Eugene under a Florida highway. Eugene was shot dead by police after he refused to stop chewing the homeless man’s face; Poppo miraculously survived the attack, but lost his left eye and nose. Bath salts were rumored to be the cause of Eugene’s crazed behavior, but lab tests later only found marijuana in his system.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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