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'Excited delirium' might explain pantsless intruder's behavior

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 7/25/2013 8:38 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Excited delirium might have played a role in the officer-involved shooting death of a home intruder Tuesday night.

The condition is a high-body temperature state, usually combined with drug use and mental health problems.

Medical professionals dispute whether the condition actually even exists, but some police officers swear it does.

The suspect died after officers shot him at a home in 9000 block of Crystal Rock Circle, near Las Vegas Boulevard and Pebble, and several of his actions showed signs of excited delirium, including aggressiveness, a high pain tolerance and taking off his clothes.

Retired Metro Lt. Randy Sutton says a lack of clothes is a sign of extreme delirium “because their body temperature is so extreme, they take their clothes off no matter where they are.”

With increased temperatures in the Las Vegas valley, some say excited delirium could be happening a lot on our streets.

Officers say the barricaded man was possibly high, and his ex-wife reported he was paranoid.

“People act crazy,” Sutton said. “They exhibit signs of superhuman strength. They don't feel pain.”

Police say they shot the man multiple times, but he still put up a fight -- even hitting a paramedic.

Sutton says if you do meet someone in that state, leave immediately.

“You get as far away from them as you can, you call police and you call 911 for medical emergency,” he said.



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