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The 31-year-old was shot several times by a police officer from the US city after he refused to stop eating his victim, who is being treated in hospital after reportedly having up to 75 per cent of his face chewed off.

Rudy Eugene as seen in an old police mugshot (Picture: Miami Police)

Police released an old mugshot of Eugene amid reports he had taken a potent form of LSD prior to the ghoulish incident, which took place on the MacArthur Causeway and was captured by security cameras at the nearby Miami Herald.

‘What’s happening is inside their body their organs are burning up alive,’ Armando Aguilar, of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, told Local 10 news.

Witness Larry Vega, who said he flagged down a police officer after the man refused to stop eating his victim, told Miami-based WSVN: ‘The guy was tearing him to pieces with his mouth and I told him to get off.

‘But the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin.

‘A police officer came over, told him several times to get off then climbed over the divider and got in front of him and said, “Get off!”

‘But the guy just stood, his head up like that with a piece of flesh in his mouth and growled.’

He added: ‘It was one of the most gruesome things I have ever seen in my life in person.

‘You know, you see these things in the movies but when you see it in person, it’s pretty traumatic.’

Miami police meanwhile reiterated an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

‘We know that there were many people on the MacArthur Causeway and we’re hoping they come forward,’ Detective William Moreno said.

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