This shocking image shows the moment “naked cannibal” Rudy Eugene was shot dead after gnawing on the face of homeless man Ronald Poppo.

The harrowing shot shows a nude Eugene sprawled on the pavement in a pool of blood, with the mutilated Poppo lying alongside him.

Scroll to the end to see graphic image of Eugene and Poppo, as well as recent images of Poppo, and a pixellated shot of his injuries immediately after the attack (WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT)
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Ronald Poppo (right) and Rudy Eugene, left

Poppo is bloodied and naked from the waist down, as horrified police officers stand in the background.

Poppo was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in a critical condition, but allowed two pictures of himself to be released on Tuesday.

The pictures reveal one of his eyes was lost to the attack while the other is covered by gauze. Poppo’s nose is missing and his forehead is a mass of scabs.

Doctors told the press approximately 50 per cent of his face is missing, that the patient remembers the attack, understands he is in hospital and is aware of the media coverage.

Although a toxicology report on Eugene is still pending, there is speculation he was on a drug known as "bath salts" when he attacked Poppo.

Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, revealed his theory, adding users “go completely insane and become very violent.”

The drug, which is banned in many states, can cause severe agitation, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, paranoia and symptoms of psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions.

It can also lead to overheating of the body, which is why so many users remove their clothing.

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Eugene and Poppo lie on the ground in the aftermath of the attack
HOW YOU CAN HELP: The Jackson Memorial Foundation has set up a fund to assist Ronald Poppo in his recovery, which experts in facial reconstruction have said will include lengthy treatment, staged reconstruction, and psychological care. Donations can be made by check or online at jmf.org.

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  • The first police officers on the scene rush towards Rudy Eugene and Ronald Poppo following the attack on Miami's MacArthur Causeway on May 26

  • A pair of naked legs can be seen in the images, which were captured by the Miami Herald's surveillance camera

  • Officers approach the two men

  • It is unknown if Rudy Eugene had been shot dead at this point

  • An officer vaults over the wall as he races towards the bloody scene

  • Crowds gather at the horrific scene

  • A City of Miami police officer stands watch near the scene

  • This is believed to be one of the first pictures taken after Rudy Eugene was shot dead by police. A seriously injured Ronald Poppo lies beside him

  • An undated mugshot of Rudy Eugene

  • An undated mugshot of Ronald Poppo

  • A pixellated image of Ronald Poppo's injuries upon his arrival to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital

  • Conscious and speaking, Ronald Poppo allowed this photo of himself to be released by the hospital

  • Ronald Poppo holds onto the hands of two Jackson Memorial Hospital staff

  • Gloria Allred, Yovonka Bryant

    Yovanka Bryant,left, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, discuss a recent attack on a homeless man by Brant's boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene, the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Gloria Allred, Yovonka Bryant

    Yovanka Bryant, right, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, show a photo of Bryant and her boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Former 'bath salts' addict Freddy Sharp told CNN about his experience of the drug Rudy Eugene is believed to have been under the influence off when he attacked Ronald Poppo

  • Westbound traffic on the MacArthur Causeway, approaching the Northeast 13th Street ramp in Miami, is backed up Saturday May 26, 2012, after a police officer fatally shot a naked man on the ramp who was chewing on the face of another naked man. The victim remained hospitalized Monday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Marsha Halper) MAGS OUT

  • A Google Maps image of where the attack occurred

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