A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man died on Sunday just days after he was strangled by his 18-foot pet snake that police had to shoot in the head to free him, according to multiple reports.
Elliot Senseman, of Upper Macungie Township, died on Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, according to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office, per NBC Philadelphia. The coroner's office said in a news release that the death was ruled an accident and the cause was an "anoxic brain injury due to asphyxiation by constriction."
On Wednesday, July 20, Senseman's 18-foot pet snake wrapped itself around his neck as police had to shoot the snake in the head and kill it so the man could be potentially saved, according to NBC Philadelphia.
Senseman was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when police arrived at the Fogelsville, Pennsylvania house. He was "unresponsive and lying on the floor of the home with the mid portion of a large snake wrapped around the male's neck," according to an Upper Macungie police report.
"Due to the massive size of the reptile (estimated to be 15+ feet), one of the officers was able to shoot the snake in the head without risking further injury to the male. Once the snake was injured from the gunshot, the officers were able to pull the male to safety."
Upper Macungie Township Police Department Lieutenant Peter Nickischer told CNN that "it was a dire situation." Nickischer added that Senseman had two other pet snakes in the house.
Police removed the giant snake from Senseman and then "emergency medical care was provided," according to NBC News. Senseman was then rushed to the hospital, where he remained until his death on Sunday.
The coroner's office said in their statement that the snake was 18-feet-long and not 15-feet, as police initially reported.
"A Boa Constrictor type snake approximately 18’ in length constricted around the neck of Mr. Senseman, thus causing the anoxic brain injury (complete lack of oxygen to the brain)," the coroner's office said.