MIAMI - A Man in Miami, Florida, was shot dead by a police officer for allegedly chewing on the face of another man.
The incident took place at about 2pm on Saturday, at a turn-off from a major road, just south of the The Miami Herald newspaper building.
Witnesses said that a woman saw two men fighting and flagged down a police officer. The policeman saw a naked man mauling the other man and he ordered the naked man to back away.
But the man continued the assault and the officer shot him. However, the naked man still didn't stop biting his victim and the officer was forced to continue firing, reported the Huffington Post.
Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.
Police said the other man was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center. The newspaper said he had suffered critical injuries.
According to CBS Miami, police sources said the victim had "virtually no face" and was unrecognisable.
After the shooting, the naked man was laid face down on the pedestrian walkway, just below the newspaper's two-storey parking garage, reported The Palm Beach Post News.
The police had asked for The Herald's video surveillance tapes.
The police department confirmed in a news release that there was an officer-related shooting, but did not include many of the details that witnesses had provided to the newspapers.
The police statement said the identities of the two men were not known.
A photograph posted on The Herald's website showed an officer standing watch on the ramp next to two police cars, with a body lying on a walkway.
The incident, which came as crowds descended upon South Beach in Miami for the annual Urban Beach Week hip-hop festival, caused a traffic jam that lasted several hours.
Mr Javier Ortiz, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police in Miami, said that based on information he had received, the officer who fired the shots "is a hero and saved a life".
Sergeant Altarr Williams, supervisor of Miami police's Homicide Unit, said that a man did not have to be armed to be dangerous.
"There are other ways to injure people," he said.
"Some people know martial arts, others are very strong and can kill you with their hands."
This article was first published in The New Paper.