A naked man was shot to death in Florida this week after assaulting a former police officer and biting off part of a teenager's face.

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Tony Grein, 18, talks to WPBF TV about his encounter with a naked man who tried to attack him. Grein had to use a box cutter to escape. Photo: WPBF News

A naked man was shot to death in Florida this week after assaulting a former police officer and biting off part of a teenager's face.

According to a report on US news website Gawker, the man was walking down a road near Delray Beach when he attacked the retired NYPD cop.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told Gawker the 66-year-old former officer remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Sherriff Bradshaw said the naked man, who displayed "superhuman strength" continued walking up the road where he chased a man and his 10-year-old son.

Later, the naked man attacked an 18-year-old man, biting his face until the teen stabbed the man with a box cutter or knife, Gawker reports.

Police arrived at the scene and tasered the man in an attempt to subdue him.

"He's obviously delirious on something," Sheriff Bradshaw told the Palm Beach Post. "He is a huge guy. He takes a fighting stance. They're trying to get him on the ground. He starts charging them. The Taser did not affect him."

A deputy then shot the man three times, once in the torso and twice in the lower body. The man died later that night at a nearby hospital, according to Gawker.

"We don't know right now if he's expired from the gunshots, or if he's expired because of obviously he's on some type of drugs that have made him act like this," Sherriff Bradshaw said. "There's no way to know if those are the shots that actually killed him, or if he's died from what they called exited delirium. He's obviously on some type of narcotics to make him act like this."