KSEE 24 News, Time
By Mellisa Locker, Time
And so it begins.
On Saturday, a grisly attack left a Miami man in critical condition after 75% of his face was gnawed off by a naked man who was shot dead by the police. The vicious incident (which the Internet has blamed on an overdose of the new drug “bath salts”), combined with other shady, not-entirely-substantiated news reports of mysterious illnesses and folks running around Florida in haz-mat suits, has conspiracy theorists talking about the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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The gruesome scene played out at Carter’s Hackensack, N.J., home after police were called based on reports that the 43-year-old man was barricaded in his room with a knife and planning on harming himself, according to the local NBC station. The cops kicked in the door and ordered Carter to drop the knife. Ignoring the officers’ orders, Carter allegedly began stabbing himself in the abdomen, neck and legs instead. Attempts to subdue him with pepper spray did nothing but seemed to enrage him. That’s when officers say Carter began throwing pieces of his skin and entrails at the cops. Wisely, the police retreated.
|Wayne Carter, 43, the Hackensack man who stabbed himself and threw his intestines at police remains in critical condition at the Hackensack University Medical Center|
The police called in the Bergen County SWAT team, which was able to eventually subdue Carter and get him to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. No charges have been filed because of the unusual nature of the case, according to NBC New York. Hackensack police lieutenant John Heinemann told reporters that he believes drugs or mental illness may have led to the horrific incident, but those details haven’t been confirmed. After everything else this week, zombie apocalypse seems just as likely anyway.