Police have identified the man shot in the midst of chewing the face off a victim in Florida. Police shot and killed Rudy Eugene, 31, after they found him along a highway naked while biting off the face of of his victim. What is more important in the future is that the cause of insane rampage appears to be “bath salts,” a new form of LSD.
Police shot Eugene after ordering him to stop repeatedly without effect. Both men were naked and Eugene continued to eat the face of the other man.
Bath salts are known to increase the temperature of users to the point that they strip off their clothing. Users are known to exhibit increased strength and much increased levels of violence.
Some accounts state that the officer shot Eugene after he refused to stop but he continued the attack wounded — and was shot repeatedly. The case raises a grey area of lethal force. Normally the shooting of an unarmed naked man would raise serious questions of excessive force. However, police are saying that bath salt users are exceptionally violent and difficult for multiple officers to control. Moreover, he was in the midst of attacking another man and clearly threatening his life.
The dangers of “excited delirium” is being looked at closely by police around the country. They appear to have the same impact as amphetamines in large doses and are sold in $20 packages with names like Ivory Wave and Vanilla Sky.