Images show the legs of two men lying beneath a freeway underpass in Miami when a police car arrives on the scene.
Police shot the man thinking it would end the attack, but the aggressor continued to bite his victim prompting authorities to fire at least half a dozen shots until he died.
The man is fighting for his life in a nearby hospital after suffering critical injuries in the savage attack.
Neither the naked man nor the victim has been identified.
A woman notified a police officer nearby that she had seen two men fighting, witnesses told a newspaper.
A series of gunshots were heard at the off-ramp of the MacArthur Causeway along North 13th Street.
When the officer located the men, the aggressive naked male was in the process of chewing the victim, who was also not wearing any clothes, the Herald reported.
The officer demanded that the naked man stop what he was doing.
But when he refused to listen and continued to feast on the victim, the officer shot him, according to the newspaper.
Despite suffering a bullet wound, the naked man would not stop so the officer fired about six more shots.
In that barrage of gunfire, the naked man was killed, collapsing face-down on the pedestrian walkway right by the newspaper office’s parking garage.
Javier Ortiz, a police spokesman, said that based on information he’s received, the officer who fired the shots “is a hero and saved a life”.
The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center and is said to be suffering from massive injuries.
Very little is known about the circumstances leading up to the attack, but police have speculated that the victim may have been homeless.
“I stopped a City of Miami police officer and informed him that a homeless man was killing another person by biting and ripping his face to death,” the Daily Mail quoted witness Larry Vega as telling Local 10.
“The police officer confronted the aggressor, and he was like a rabid dog and confronted the officer. Then the officer shot the person four times,” he said.
There were no weapons found near the two naked men, leading them to believe that the attacker used his own strength to subdue his victim.
No tests have been done to prove this, but police have also stated that they think the attacker was likely suffering from a “cocaine psychosis”, side effects from the drug which raise the body''s temperature and prompts the individual to strip.