The would-be victim from Switzerland answered an internet advert from the 43-year-old man seeking someone who would agree to be killed, cooked and eaten.
He claims he thought the offer — posted by a man in Slovakia — was nothing more than a "macabre fantasy game".
But he said after speaking to the unnamed man on the phone, he realised he was "deadly serious".
He alerted Swiss police who informed their Slovakian counterparts on Monday.
The cops sent in an undercover officer posing as the victim in a sting operation to catch the suspected flesh-eater.
But as officers attempted to arrest the man yesterday, in the north-eastern village of Kysak, a gunfight broke out and the man and a cop were shot.
A Kysak police spokesman said: "It appears this man was genuinely seeking to eat someone.
"His advert said he wanted someone who would agree to be put to sleep then killed, cut up, cooked and eaten.
"One of our officers and the suspect both suffered gunshot wounds during the arrest and are both being treated in hospital."
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