(NBC Miami) The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner found only marijuana in the body of the man who was fatally shot while chewing a homeless man’s face over Memorial Day weekend. The medical examiner‘s office said on Wednesday that 31-year-old Rudy Eugene’s toxicology was complete.
The department also ruled out common drugs found in the street drugs called bath salts, which authorities had initially speculated were the cause of the brutal attack on Ronald Poppo. He has been recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital‘s Ryder Trauma Center since the May 26 attack along the MacArthur Causeway.
Poppo was rushed to the hospital after he was attacked by Eugene, who tore off and chewed most of the 65-year-old’s face, authorities said. He also suffered trauma to his brain, doctors said.
Poppo also had a couple puncture wounds in his left chest area.
About 50 percent of his face, including his forehead and cheek, was affected and he has an infection, brain injury and a puncture wound to his chest.
Eugene was fatally shot by an officer after he refused to stop the savage attack on Poppo, police said. Witnesses said a naked Eugene was throwing his clothes into traffic and swinging from a light pole shortly before the attack.
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