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Elliot Senseman’s pet, a boa constrictor snake, became the cause of his deathafter the reptile wrapped around his neck and caused fatal injuries.
Senseman, 27, was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest Sunday morning, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.
Authorities said that Senseman died of anoxic brain injury due to constriction asphyxiation. The coroner’s office said the manner of death was an accident.
According to official information, last Wednesday an emergency call was received from Senseman’s house, when paramedics and policemen arrived, the man lay unconscious on the floor with an 18-foot snake around his neck.
The coroner’s office said it was a boa constrictor-type snake. Due to the gravity of the moment, one of the responding officers was able to fatally shoot the snake without injuring the man.
“Because the snake was so large, the midsection of the snake was wrapped around the throat. The head of the snake was far enough away from the victim that the officer made a split second decision and proceeded to shoot the snake in the head,” said Lt. Peter Nickischer of the Upper Township Police Department. Macungie.
“It wasn’t like he just died. He started to slide away, thankfully away from the officers, away from the direction they were trying to pull the man,” Nickischer said.
“They realized it was a matter of life and death with seconds to make that decision. Praise the officers. They did what they had to do. It was a sure shot,” he assured.
Residents said they have frequently seen their neighbor in their front yard holding a snake and that they have looked at several snakes through the window.
“I think one of the officers described it as a scene from a horror movie, and that’s probably the most appropriate way to describe it,” Nickischer said.
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