Report: Miami officer shoots, kills naked attacker
MIAMI (AP) — Miami police and witnesses say that an officer on Saturday
fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another man on a
downtown causeway off-ramp.
The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/KiMC2Y
) that gunshots were heard at about 2 p.m. on the MacArthur Causeway
off-ramp, which is near the newspaper’s offices. Witnesses said that a
woman saw two men fighting and flagged down a police officer, who came
upon a naked man mauling the other man. The newspaper quoted witnesses
as saying that the officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when
he ignored the demand, the officer shot him. Witnesses said that the
naked man continued his attack after being shot once, and the officer
then shot him several more times.
Police said the other man was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital
Ryder Trauma Center, reportedly for treatment of critical injuries.
The police department confirmed in a news release that there was an
officer-related shooting, but did not include many details provided by
witnesses to the newspaper.
A police spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Saturday evening.
The police news release said the identities of the two men were not known.
A photograph posted on The Herald’s website shows an officer standing
watch on the ramp next to two police cruisers, with a body lying on a
pedestrian walkway. Police requested the newspaper’s video surveillance
The shooting and investigation tied up causeway traffic as crowds were arriving at South Beach for an annual hip-hop festival.
Javier Ortiz, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police in Miami,
said that based on information he’s received, the officer who fired the
shots “is a hero and saved a life.”