When Rudy Eugene, a 31-year-old resident of Broward County, left his apartment on May 26th, he seemed fine according to his girlfriend. He kissed her goodbye and walked out with his bible in hand. Eugene, who had no history of mental illness or drug abuse other than marijuana, was shot by police just hours later after he walked down the MacArthur Causeway in Miami naked and attaked a homeless man. This case gained national attention due to the gory nature of the assault. Eugene was observed by law enforcement chewing pieces of the man's face off.
Cannibalism is certainly an extreme and shocking offense, one that even those in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, who deal with crimes like assault and battery on a daily basis, find abhorent. It was so surprising that law enforcement officials speculated immediately after the incent that Eugene was liking high on bath salts, a synthetic substance that when abused has been known to cause psychotic incidents of extreme violence.
In a turn of events that once again shocked officials and the community here in South Florida, as it turns out, Eugene did not have bath salts in his system. Nor had he taken cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, PCP, or any hallucinogenic. The only thing Eugene had taken was marijuana, not even a synthetic marijuana, which is not known for causing incidents of violence.
It is unknown at this time whether or not Eugene had any signs of mental illness before this incident. According to his girlfriend, however, he did not. While questions still surround the events that took place on May 26th in Miami, many of these questions will not be answered due to the fact that Eugene was killed by police during the incident.