A man was shot by law enforcement authorities after he assaulted multiple individuals in Delray Beach, Florida on Tuesday night.
According to Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, the man was about 6 foot 3, 250 pounds, and completely naked. He allegedly began his attacks on a 66-year-old retired New York City police officer, who had to be taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Bradshaw also claims that the man chased an adult male and his son and assaulted an 18-year-old by biting his face. The 18-year-old defended himself by using a box cutter, CBS News reports.
According to the Palm Beach Post, law enforcement officials arrived on the scene and attempted to apprehend the suspect, who would not comply. They then attempted to subdue him using a Taser gun, which was non-effective. He was depicted afterward as "possessing what authorities described as superhuman-like strength." A sheriff’s sergeant then fired three shots at the man, striking him once in the upper torso and twice in his lower body. The man died shortly thereafter at Delray Medical Center.
In an interview with reporters after the incident occurred, Bradshaw was quick to point out that the man obviously had an unstable mental condition that was likely fueled by drugs. It is unclear whether or not his death was caused by the officer firing his weapon or from other, drug-related causes, Bradshaw insisted.
“We don’t know right now if he’s expired from the gun shots or he’s expired because obviously he’s on some type of drugs that’ve made him act like this,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw explained that he believed the use of force to be justified in order to calm the out-of-control situation.
“The residents here are ... pretty happy that the deputies did what they did so the guy didn’t get into the gated community and start terrorizing them over there,” Bradshaw said.
The shooting and the circumstances that lead to it are currently under investigation.